Punch,  61 (1871), 192.

Creatures of Impulse



Notes, Drollery


Entomology, Natural History, Instinct, Animal Behaviour, Natural Law, Psychology

    Suggests that the 'instinct which drives the moth and the daddy-longlegs to fly into the light of a candle, is perhaps an impulse engendered in such insects under such natural law tending to make them limit their own numbers'. Wonders whether the same impulse actuates crowds of people to rush towards the scene of a fire.

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