I think I was very nicely voted off the island and not wanting to persist over time if it doesn’t increase the flow, I will post my follow up remarks here. My main point is that disagreeing with Operant Conditioning and using a term such as energy is not necessarily unscientific, which is how Eric Brad initially characterized Natural Dog Training. So we could go on and litigate Bejan’s Constructal law, and my application of it as a contravention to current learning theory, and while we may not ultimately agree, nevertheless this is a legitimate discussion based on the best evidence currently available to reasonable people. I think that point came across in Eric’s final comment.
Secondly, in regards to the “mystical” energy I’m supposedly talking about, I’m referring to mechanical, environmental and gravitational forces acting on the body. These are real energies, they can be measured and quantified. My theory is that these contribute to an internal sense of pressure within the body and mind, the release from which makes an animal act JUST AS IF it is electrically or magnetically charged. I’m not saying we can hold up an instrument and detect an electrical current or a magnetic field. I’m saying that these internal pressures, which again are measurable and quantifiable as neurological, physiological and anatomical energies and forces, do not find release by way of a psychology, which is what mainstream behaviorism is arguing: “If I do this or that then this or that will happen.” (Even a term such as “learn-by-association” is psychologically loaded as opposed to being neutral.) Rather this release “treats” environmental stimuli JUST AS IF these external elements are likewise electrically or magnetically charged and so therefore, any configuration that EVOLVES from these interactions and inter-relationships, likewise reflects an electrical or a magnetic phenomena. To date these configurations have been mistakenly ascribed to psychological principles, (territoriality, survival, reproductive, dominance, submission and so on) but this will invoke vast acres of hidden assumptions which will ultimately factor out to subtle, yet profound errors. (For example, Newton’s mechanical interpretation of the universe is quite effective, but it ultimately falls apart under certain circumstances, hence science eventually turned to a new paradigm as a deeper understanding of nature and to achieve a greater application of technology.) This is what I’m alluding to when I say that one can create a group, emotional climate, that elicits the heel, sit, down, stay, recall sequence of behaviors from within the dog. The dog doesn’t learn how to down, stay, recall, etc., by virtue of understanding consequences as a chain of events over time, rather a dog is motivated and guided into these innate actions by virtue of how he feels. These feelings evolved from how wolves hunt as a group and the scientific evidence supports this thesis that hunting is what bonded humans and canines.
Cesar Milan approaches the dog primarily from the electrical end of the continuum, but misidentifies it as dominance and submission, Operant Conditioning primarily from the magnetic, but misidentifies it as positive. Whereas I’m suggesting we call it what it really is, electromagnetism, and then learn how to best get in the flow based on these principles by which all configurations in nature evolve. I believe this is the most conservative interpretation of the evidence and is most consistent with Darwin’s theory of common descent. (1) Complex organisms evolved from simpler organisms. (2) Organisms evolve by adapting to environmental change. (3) The environment changes according to principles of energy. Therefore, if emotion is the physical embodiment of the laws of nature, then animals are best adapted to persist over time in the presence of change.
(So the animal mind is configured so that perceptions implement a gap between the organism and the environment (projection of p-cog into object of attraction in order to compose a sense of self) and this is an action potential. All the emotional affects (neurological/hormonal/physiological activity) reflect a build up of energy on one side of this divide. Thus the organism feels compelled to move. Then behaviors become available to discharge this build up, and these flow according to the principle of emotional conductivity. This is the external current as a reflection of the internal current, i.e. can the organism “emotionally digest” via the hunger circuitry the object of attraction. The object of attraction is thereby influenced and will respond just as if it is a likewise charged particle of consciousness. The two individuals may then entrain and thereby in their relationship, create a virtual magnetic field as a means of increasing the efficiency of their expressions of emotion into action. This a higher elaboration of the same action potential. This flow goes on and on with internal currents manifesting external currents manifesting external fields, to entrain all organisms within one interconnected matrix of ecosystems. Evolution. Evolution can happen very slow on an epoch by epoch time frame, but it can also happen very fast as in the domestication of species time frame, and then it can happen hyper-hyper-hyper fast as in the phenomenon of animal learning.)
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Books about Natural Dog Training by Kevin BehanIn Your Dog Is Your Mirror, dog trainer Kevin Behan proposes a radical new model for understanding canine behavior: a dog’s behavior and emotion, indeed its very cognition, are driven by our emotion. The dog doesn’t respond to what the owner thinks, says, or does; it responds to what the owner feels. And in this way, dogs can actually put people back in touch with their own emotions. Behan demonstrates that dogs and humans are connected more profoundly than has ever been imagined — by heart — and that this approach to dog cognition can help us understand many of dogs’ most inscrutable behaviors. This groundbreaking, provocative book opens the door to a whole new understanding between species, and perhaps a whole new understanding of ourselves.
|Natural Dog Training is about how dogs see the world and what this means in regards to training. The first part of this book presents a new theory for the social behavior of canines, featuring the drive to hunt, not the pack instincts, as seminal to canine behavior. The second part reinterprets how dogs actually learn. The third section presents exercises and handling techniques to put this theory into practice with a puppy. The final section sets forth a training program with a special emphasis on coming when called.|