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<An interesting question here is: if we recognise that
> instinctive responses are often "rational", should we always avoid
> instinctive responses and instead analyse every situation, or trust
> our instincts, act first and think later -- or, if neither of these,
> then how do we decide whether to go with our feelings or not in any
> given situation?>
Yeah, a difficult question indeed. It depends, I suppose, if
there's any time in a situation to do more than react instinctively. If
there's no time, then instinct will always win out even if it's not actually
the best strategy. If there is time to think about the initial, gut
response before acting, then there's time to try and judge the best course
of action. How we do this though, I don't necessarily know.
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