Dogs do everything in a circle because their bodies and minds are organized to act just as if they are electromagnetically charged particles. My theory is that a very real electromagnetic capacity on a vegetative level evolved into the complex phenomena we recognize in animals as learning and social behavior. Thus if you take behavior in its aggregate, the sum of many moving parts, you see it playing out over Time just as if organisms are electromagnetically charged particles responding to their environment and other organisms just as if they are dealing with a current and a field of energy. Little by little the scientific research is uncovering this energetic underpinning of behavior and learning. But if you would like to fast forward and get to seeing energy at work in the behavior of animals, and as the most coherent explanation for the phenomenon of learning, one must learn to edit one’s own thoughts out of their behavior. This defuses the human psychological construct of Time from the interaction between organisms and their surroundings so that the human intellect doesn’t automatically and autonomically construct a linear, chronologically rooted narrative of who-did-what-to-who-and when. An overarching energetic template then comes into view. In the animal mind every frame of reference has a direction of flow, high to low pressure, a current, around which variables are construed as if they are cardinal points on a compass, North, South, East and West, a field.
This second article is instructive because it shows how in contrast to our perception of fast moving organisms, our perception of Time introduces a scale to our frame of reference and thus limits how we perceive the behavior of plants that are operating on a much slower pace, or we could say, “subsonic wavelength.”
So for organisms that are seemingly operating on our Time scale, we readily inject thoughts to make sense of their behavior, whereas for plants that are operating on a much slower frequency so that they don’t closely intersect with our frames of reference, we merely see a jumble and can only sort through the maze of their activity with vague notions of competition and random mutations. We think we see plants competing for limited resources, whereas as Bejan has discovered the forest is one organism with all manner of plant life of varying sizes (“few big, many small”) cooperating in a precise formula (branching network) so as to maximize the flow of water, nutrient and stresses in a vascularizing architecture connecting the ground systems to the atmospheric systems.
On all these Time scales we fail to see the networked intelligence, the flow system, by which all life is connected and by which all life communicates so as to effect a current and a field that works according to an energetic logic rather than a human, chronological narrative. The best way to get a grounding in this new vision, (1) understand the NDT model for the canine mind and (2) read “Design In Nature” by Adrian Bejan.