Knowledge vs. Instinct CAMPAGNA Knowledge Definition: information, understanding, or skill that you get from experience or education awareness of something : the state of being aware of something instinct Definition : a way of behaving, thinking, or feeling that is not learned : a natural desire or tendency that makes you want to act in a particular way Knowledge or Instinct? Instantly letting go of a plate because it is hot. Raising your hand to talk in school. Shaking when you are cold. Doing all of your homework. Not touching a pan because it is glowing red. Jumping when we hear a loud noise.