SIB: Simulated Instinctual Behavior

Today on The Mr. Biscuit Blog, we are trailblazing a new field of scientific study. Okay, it probably already exists under another name, but let me introduce you anyway to Simulated Instinctual Behavior, or SIB.

“Mr. Biscuit,” you may be asking your screen, “just what are SIB?” A classic example is the litter box. Our instinctual behavior is to bury our excrement out in the wild so that predators won’t be able to hone in on our position. You know, through smell. Those things stink. This behavior is then simulated in our homes by providing what amounts to a patch of sand or dirt (the litter box) where we can keep burying our poop, which is then dug up and discarded by our helpful staff.

Another such behavior is hunting. There are a myriad ways in which humans simulate that one for us, usually involving toys. One of the most famous and successful is the laser pointer. Who among us hasn’t gone wild trying to catch that maddening red dot? Well, maybe not my human readers, but they do have instinctual behaviors they simulate in their daily lives.

Humans have the need to nurture. When they don’t have squishy, little pink things to take care of, they turn to pets. Is it any coincidence they call them babies? Of course, cats are not pets per se, since we domesticated ourselves, but we enjoy the same privileges as other animals you take in.

I have also seen online what is called a treadmill, where humans simulate running. Out in nature, running from predators was definitely an activity in which their bipedal ancestors would partake, if they were to survive and make little pink things to carry on their genes.

It’s amazing how creative we can get in simulating our instinctual behaviors, even if we don’t know that’s what we’re doing. Now, I need to satisfy my napping instinct, so I’ll see you all later.

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