Life is a framework of possibilities, with a bias towards making the impossible possible.
Life as instinct is unconcerned with/unaware of possibilities. It knows no doubt, no pause in the will to strike.
Like a little computer program to add 10 numbers, it does the addition flawlessly a million times over but cannot deviate from the aim to add 10 numbers. There is a mind for sure but it is an algorithm with a single purpose.
In man life as instinct morphs into life as mind. All the complexity, the variety, richness and ambiguity of mental man is only a glimpse into the mind of the Creator.