Originally Posted by Dr_Watso
Nope. We spend a lot of time teaching kids to look before crossing. It seems instinctive because it's drilled into your head, not because some natural instinct of human behavior takes cars and streets into account. Why would instinctive reactions to danger be present if danger could not be avoided, and any attempts to avoid it are futile because it will happen or won't? How would it benefit the species? Pre-destiny, especially on the micro-scale is bollocks. The universe is reacting to what happens, not dictating it.
I thought similarly to you about free will until seeing Sam Harris' s YT talk on the impossibilty of free will.
Also nothing is ever done for "the benefit of the species" ... it's all individuals acting on their own behalf.
In real life (as opposed to our cultural bubble) instinct is paramount ... if you don't check to make sure you're not going to be run over by rampaging elephants (ie. cars ) then you don't pass on your genes. Genetics favours those who avoid getting smooshed ...