For thousands of years humans have been occupying themselves with efforts to separate or merge our instinct and our intellect. Sexuality obviously belongs to the instinct category and to question the benefit of sexuality without any procreation, obviously belongs to the intellect category.


I quote Elon Musk:

“The vast majority of our intelligence will be digital. So, think of it like the difference in intelligence between your cortex and your limbic system is gigantic. Your limbic system really has no comprehension of what the hell the cortex is doing. It’s just literally hungry, or tired, or angry or sexy or something. It communicates that impulse to the cortex and tells the cortex to go satisfy that.

A massive amount of thinking, like truly stupendous amount of thinking has gone into sex … without purpose, without procreation. Which is actually quite a silly action in the absence of procreation. It’s a bit silly, so why are you doing it? Because it makes the limbic system happy, that’s why.

But it’s pretty absurd really … yeah but this is a lot of computation has gone into how can I do more of that? With procreation not even being a factor. This is, I think, a very important area of research by the NSFW. I propose the formation of a new agency ….”

16.20 Elon Musk: Neuralink podcast with Lex Fridman which was published on 12 Nov 2019 on You Tube.


The comments made by Elon Musk bring us to understand that human beings have two centres of reference; the one is the instinctual aspect of being and the other is the rational aspect of being. The rather intriguing aspect for Elon Musk is the benefit, or the lack of it, that can be derived from the activity of the instinctual part of being, especially the time devoted to sexual thoughts that do not lead to procreation.

This is nothing new as philosophers and psychologists have been debating these exact concepts very eloquently over thousands of years. Nietzsche (1844 to 1900) expanded on the thoughts of Socrates (born c. 470 bce) who said that knowledge is that which is intelligible and …. even beauty is a form of knowledge.

Nietzsche reasoned that perhaps not all knowledge is intelligible and that there is a type of knowledge that is more instinctive. He asked the now famous question about where music is registered in humans as it provokes the instinct and not the intellect. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG1muuDXP3s

Since then many moralists have reasoned that a well-controlled instinctual passion produces warmth and if the inner fire isn’t suppressed then that fire can become a destroying blaze. A common refrain is that we should overcome or suppress our inner desires. It almost appears that we have to pick between being the slaves of our intellect or of our instinct.

Nietzsche reasoned that there is more intelligence in our instinct than in our rational mind. The passion of instinct can create the wind that can power the sails of our intellect. To create anything of value, to give something to the world, we have to present something new by getting rid of mediocrity. He reasons that we are both art and artists and only by living both, we can live an authentic life and achieve our greatest potential.

He concludes that instinct and intellect are two sides of the same coin. We should stop pretending that we have all knowledge, that is intellectual knowledge. We should rather be who we are and where we are, it’s certain that we are both instinct and intellect and nothing else is certain.


Professor Robert Sapolsky from Stanford University in The United States of America, is a neuroscientist and he explains powerfully how the different parts of the brain elicit response in and from each other. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVgDRdWk13o

We learn that instinct can demand action from the mind and that the mind can prompt certain behavioural patterns from the instinct. It appears that we have the following obvious possibilities:

·       The mind can speak to the instinct

·       The instinct can speak to the mind

·       The mind can stop speaking to the instinct

·       The instinct can stop speaking to the mind

·       Mind and instinct can speak to each other all the time

·       Mind and instinct can speak to each other sometimes.


Dr. Alvaro from EatTank.Org explains in his talk about how human beings, whilst previously living in a world of a shortage of food, had to develop the instinct to ingest as much as possible when it comes to carbohydrates, as it was essential for the survival of the species. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsRo9BqsHg4

We as human beings know that the consumption of high calorie foods lead to obesity that will eventually kill us. We have the knowledge but still we obey our instinctual drive. He comments that Ellen Shell explains in her book: “The Hungry Gene” how obesity represents the triumph of instinct over reason.


Instinct represents a repeat action or behaviour without having to learn that specific behaviour. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsRo9BqsHg4. Martin du Toit makes the case that the instinct of sexuality follows specific ways of expressing itself, especially through the menstrual cycle of women. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZad6Ut7FWY

The instinct of reproduction drives human beings to start the reproduction process around their thirteenth year. This is done in spite of the adolescent not having reached maturity or independence from the parents. It seems like instinct prefers to demand reproduction even without having completed the maturation process. Children typically leave the homes of their parents at the age of eighteen, even though the prefrontal cortex of the human brain only matures around the age of twenty-five.

The instinctual drive to reproduce children around the age of thirteen, is severely questioned by intellectuals by stating reasons why it should not happen. These reasons range from being blatant lies, false facts and even “a pie in the sky when we die” promise of a better life when reproduction is postponed for at least five to ten years.

Youngsters are told that the female body is biologically unfit to survive the reproduction of a child at the age of thirteen, they are told that they have to wait as waiting has some amazing built-in rewards. To wait leads to better education, better jobs, better friends and a better environment. Adolescents are encouraged to think about travelling, of practicing sport and to gain clarity about their future instead of having to be looking after their own children.

It seems like this time round intellect has triumphed over instinct as postponing reproduction has altered the behaviour of billions of people on earth, especially in the West. In the European Union there is an orchestrated effort to lower the number of women, under the age of eighteen, to produce an offspring. The shaming and labelling of women who do give birth before they are eighteen years old, is a pitiful practice that is driven by academics and politicians with a clear lack of understanding regarding instinct.

When people are obese it is a sign that instinct has triumphed over intellect. When young people over the age of eighteen have still not reproduced an offspring then it is clearly a triumph of intellect over instinct.

It is said that diets / dieting regimes are one of the fastest growing industries as instinct drives people to think of ingesting high calorie foods all the time. It is said that pornography is also one of the fastest growing industries in the world as people are driven by instinct to think about sex all the time.


Human beings are not subject to an ovulation cycle that happens once in many years as is the case in other higher primates. A human female can fall pregnant almost any time during her ovulation cycle. More on this in the lectures of Prof. Robert Sapolsky on Human Sexual Behaviour. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOY3QH_jOtE

Many things in life require a constant impulse to develop. Take technology as an example. It does not continue to develop on its own, it is our observation that technology develops in leaps and bounds and it takes a determined and dedicated effort to keep developing new technology.

Procreation instinct does employ a force to push it to at least “show up” all the time. Without the permanent prodding of sexual reproduction thinking, it is almost certain that human beings would never have developed in the numbers they did.


Whenever a definition of life is put forward, it always includes the concept of reproduction. Reproduction isn’t a static concept as it requires constant innovation to overcome many obstacles. Human beings have had many ideas about sexuality, gender and the biology of reproduction but still reproductive instinct manages an outcome of more humans being born than dying.

Humans have spent a tremendous amount of time and effort in attempts to outsmart sexual reproduction but still it prevails as one of the most “felt” sensations in the human body. Just look at the time spent on thinking about a partner and the concept of partnering. It appears that humans do little else than talking about their partners, children and family. Once a couple have an offspring then they can hardly talk about anything else such as how to raise the child, how to care for the child and how to arrange a family life around it.

Instinct is an amazing power in the human body, especially when the reasoning brain is excluded and is clearly demonstrated by looking at the following case. Hanging can refer to a state of suspension, crucifixion, impalement upon death. It was observed that male hanging victims often died with priapism, they died with an erection.

A treatment of erectile dysfunction developed from this observation and is called non-lethal strangulation and it produces the same effect. This then turned into erotic asphyxiation. A possible explanation of the physiological cause is that the inhibition of normal brain activity due to pressure or injury to the brain or spinal cord.

LEMMiNO YouTube Video. Top 10 facts – Death that was published 14 Sept 2017. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhwHR9pkoao


When human beings spend most of their time thinking about reproduction then it opens a limitless variety of possibilities, including to abstain from practicing sex. Instinct can’t allow humans to only think about reproduction without reproducing as such. Thinking can be about the fact that something is there or to think about what to do with it.

When human beings are driven crazy by continuous reproductive thinking that is instinctually happening in them, then they might default to “just doing it” without having thought about the doing. Thinking about many things, anything not related to sexuality, interferes with instinctual reproduction while no thinking about sex and excessive thinking about sex support instinctual reproduction.

New developments in reproduction come from the combination of an exhausted mind and an innovative instinct. New developments in procreation are always present, especially where people “just do it” without thinking. Instinct doesn’t require the permission of the intellect to proceed doing what it was designed to do.

The latest development in reproduction, on the mental or rational thinking side; is the sex doll with artificial intelligence. The doll even sports cameras to recognise the “partner” and can also observe the slightest movements of facial muscles as in an eyebrow or the corner of the mouth.

The latest development in reproduction, on the instinctual side; is the explosion of interest in tantra as a spiritual technique to remove sexuality out of the stronghold of the reasoning mind and to make instinct the “divine” driver of partnering and sexuality.


A “think of / imagine” study in 2007, studying 3 groups of people over a 14-day period showed some amazing results regarding the power of imagination.

The three groups were set up as following:

·       One group did nothing outside of their usual routine

·       The second group exercised a specific muscle 3 times a week

·       The third group imagined exercising a specific muscle 3 times a week

The control group didn’t see any difference, the second group had a 28% increase in strength and the third group had a 24% increase in strength by only imagining the exercise. LEMMiNO YouTube Video. Top 10 facts – Humans that was published 21 Feb 2015https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xetnJ_gNRBQ&list=LLC0pmG-2ZZx2UnQI6z5rwtA&index=162

Whether human beings actively reproduce or not, instinct can’t afford to lose its strength and innovation ability, it can’t afford to lose the powerful impact of procreation in our lives. Instinct does prompt the mind all the time to imagine having a partner or partners, to imagine copulation, to imagine reproduction, to imagine taking care of an offspring, to imagine belonging to a group that can protect us against other groups.


Almost ten thousand years ago, in the area that is currently called India and China, people developed techniques to address this phenomenon of thinking about sex all the time. People started looking at ways on how to make sense of reproduction as an instinctual reality but also to be able to reflect on the benefit of it with clarity. The quest was to gain awareness of “what is” and skills to deal with it in a meaningful way.

The very first technique developed was called meditation. Meditation is a technique that hands people opportunities to observe their natural human procreation instinct. Once they have observed the nature of instinct then people can grow the skill to divert the powerful energy that is associated with procreation instinct in directions other than procreation.

The second technique that came from the quest for higher awareness is called yoga. Once people have observed procreation instinct clearly it was noticed that the instinct to take care of an offspring can be an all engulfing flame. Yoga came about as the technique to hand people the awareness that taking care of themselves first, is a vital part of taking care of others.

The third awareness technique that was developed is called tantra. It was observed that people form in-groups and out-groups instinctually. It was observed that one can destroy a member of an out-group just because that individual was not part of the in-group. Tantra is a technique that hands people opportunities to observe that they can be with the people they are with.

You can hear more about these topics from Martin du Toit in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72OlSYeK_1U


Thinking of sex all the time will never disappear. Thousands of monks meditate on their reproductive energy in an attempt to tap into its origins and reroute the flow of the power of reproduction energy. Modern people use chemicals to numb the mind or to fool the hormones in the brain about reproduction instinct.

Instinct is wise and only when human beings have gained an altered state of awareness about reproduction, only then will they enter a working relationship with it. There are a few simple steps to be taken and it starts with practicing meditation, yoga and tantra techniques.

The newly found awareness will guide people to find a balance between sexuality, caring for an offspring and the formation of in-groups against out-groups. In the West people spend most of their time and energy to take care of others; it starts with having a good education to get a good job so that they can take good care of a partner, children, family, in-groups and of themselves. By being obsessive in having the best paid job, in producing the best solutions for mankind … all this taking care activities deplete the energy and time that should be spent on innovations in sexuality and in-groups.

The world is obsessed with taking care of others while we have no skills in living fulfilled sexual relationships, nor do we have skills in successfully being with the people we are with. Only when these three aspects are in balance, (procreation, taking care, in-groups), only then fulfilment will flow from thinking of sex all the time.


The conversations people have with their own instinct and with their own reasoning … that shows that they are more than the instinct and the reasoning. What is that part of us? Where is it? How to grow it? I have no idea how to answer it. What I do know is that people who are highly creative and successful regarding the innovation of technology, most of them rationalise their motivation as if it is done for humanity in general.

Living a life of being more than the instinct brain, living a life of being more than the reasoning brain … it is either called satisfaction or fulfilment.

-Martin du Toit


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