System: 1) A complete exhibition of essential principles or facts, arranged in a rational or organized whole, or a complex of ideas or principles forming a coherent whole.
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When a personality theory (one animal relative to another animal as in a dominance/submissive interaction) introduces a principle of energy in order to account for the variability of peer-to-peer interactions, it will end up demonstrating the opposite of its thesis. The energy theory will reveal itself as there will be no other way to arrive at a coherent whole. For example, one can’t say that once in a while the earth goes around the sun in order to maintain a geocentric view of the universe. Likewise, once a principle of energy is admitted entry into the discussion about a social system, the logical extension will inevitably lead to an energy theory.
In the recent post “Anatomy of a Discussion on Dominance” the discussion was about to lead to the unravelling of the premise that there can be a situational, fluid kind of dominance as an organizing principle of canine society. The discussion ended with the recognition that wolves stay together as extended families, the pack, because they hunt a large dangerous prey animal that is physically superior. This article will bring that discussion to its logical conclusion and show that the notion of controlling a specific resource due to a situational awareness of context, in fact disproves the notion of dominance in any of its iterations.
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When you say situational control over resources been the most efficient use of energy, do you mean the guarding of food etc probably one of the first confrontational situations seen in pups,
Im getting muddled up between that idea of conserving energy and rows over food between dogs becoming an aspect of purging the last 1% of the emotional battery is it not conflicting
one is expelling energy and the other is reserving it ?? thanks
I’m commenting here on how Roger Abrantes is using the idea of efficiency, a principle of energy, in order to substantiate a dominance hierarchy that he sees as a fluid dynamic due to a situational awareness of access to resources. My point is that you just can’t let a little energy theory leak into your personality theory (the notion of efficiency) and then expect one’s personality theory to survive for long. You end up needing a complex psychological concept such as “situational awareness” to explain why the so-called dominance hierarchy is fluid rather than static. Furthermore, by letting in a little energy theory because of its undeniable sense, and then having to generate more and more complex psychological rationales to keep the evidence contained within a personality theory, you will end up contradicting yourself.
For example, if access to resources is the basis of leadership, who then is the real leader? It is established that wolves stay in extended family groups, and my theory that these strong social bonds are due to the canine desire to hunt large, dangerous prey. Therefore the number one resource is said prey, and since they are large and dangerous, they control access to this resource and are thus the leader according to the logic of dominance as control over access to resources. So Abrantes is contradicting the personality theory of a dominance hierarchy with his recognition that it is more efficient to control access over resources so as to avoid outright fighting, because now the bull moose must be considered the leader. (This of course is far closer to the truth, the prey does control the predator, but the idea of a leader is a false personality theory construct).
Since wolves are opportunistic hunters given the physical superiority of their prey, this means they have an internal metric of desire relative to inhibition so as to feel which large, dangerous prey are vulnerable and can be taken relatively safely. This internal emotional dynamic would be the source of social fluidity as well, rather than “situational awareness.” So when pups are sorting themselves out around various objects of attraction, such as food, they are likewise internally gauging their state of desire relative to inhibition due to resistance from other pups. This internal emotional dynamic is the source of social fluidity rather than “situational awareness” and Abrantes’ assertion that resources are a proxy for establishing dominance. This internal metric relative to objects-of-attraction (food) around which we observe great emotional friction (resistance) resulting in emotional polarization, is the exact same template that will kick in when they confront, as a group, objects-of-resistance. It’s not a dominance hierarchy it’s the prey drive as the organizing template of everything canine. So the pack is an emotionally battery charging system. The friction of pack life formats the battery and initiates that last .01%, and then the vulnerable large prey constitutes the opportunity to release that last .01%. This ensures emotional bonding and is why wolf packs tend to stay together in extended family groups.
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