A discussion as to whether dogs apprehend reality in terms of a virtual rather than an actual field of energy may not seem particularly relevant to training a dog to stay in the yard and staying off the furniture, but it is.
Because dogs are social by nature, they do everything in terms of a social or group frame of reference. This means that they don’t freely or randomly arrive at an interpretation of reality based on some kind of self-contained analysis of their experiences. They are not free to choose from a list of alternatives or possibilities that they can either look back over or cogitate on their own. They perceive; experience and learn through a filter, a networked-intelligence that affects them through the physical memory they carry, a storehouse of unresolved emotion which is not only a record of the past, but can also serve as an emotional counterbalance with those to whom they’re attracted and thereby shape the future according to desire.
Unresolved emotion as emotional ballast is a primal form of communication. Each dog imposes the physical memory it’s acquired, a data bank of resistance to the expression of emotion, a literal track record of every experience it’s ever had, onto complex objects of attraction. This puts “spin on the ball” which then affects any being it interacts with. Over a long enough period of contact, the physical memory of one is transferred to another in a process akin to emotional sonar. A dolphin can paint an object with sound waves, the return signal giving it a visual image of that object. It can then rebroadcast that returning pattern of clicks to another dolphin and now the dolphin receiving the signal sees something it’s never encountered.
Furthermore, the individual with the most emotional mass will displace the consciousness of others the most. Because humans have the highest capacity emotional batteries and live the longest and therefore acquire the most emotional mass, this means that the fundamental aspect of a dog’s behavior is the human that is in its life and most displacing its consciousness. Such a state of entrainment given the way the canine mind works, leaves but one choice available to a dog. Our dog either does what we want them to do or what we need them to do. These are their only options and it’s my goal in living with a dog to get the former from my dog as opposed to the latter, although I hasten to add that no matter how loving, enlightened or technically pure one may try to be, because of our domesticated mind with thoughts confused with feelings and wants confused with needs, we will be tested.
The lengthy discussion that follows is about how nature is a mirror and how it thereby conforms to the power of desire. While understanding this concept is not 100% necessary to training a dog, hopefully it will give you more insight about the nature of canine consciousness and this is always germane to living and working with a dog because as I’ve discovered, if we’re clear about what-we-want, our dog is clear about what-we-want him to do.
There are two main reasons why I think we should concentrate on emotion as a virtual field through which emotional beings differentiate in order to complement each other. First, until science solves the unified field problem and understands what time and gravity is: we can’t measure it and so focusing our attention on an actual field will prevent us in the near term from intersecting with mainstream science argumentatively. Whereas if we recast the functions of the genes, organs and neurons of the animal so that their larger function is to mimic this unified field then I feel bio-physicists if interested would be able to quantify this energy model and build an overwhelming circumstantial case that energy is indeed what behavior is all about. Yes there is a unified field, but we don’t have to concern ourselves with it at the moment.
The second and I think more important reason has to do with quantum mechanics, although because my understanding is quite limited in this regard, this explanation may be incomplete or in error as a basis for explaining what I’m trying to say. As Neils Bohr once said “If you think you understand quantum mechanics, then you don’t understand quantum mechanics.” So then again perhaps not understanding quantum mechanics isn’t disqualifying in regards to having some thoughts on the subject.
First of all I need to emphasize that the basic problem nature as a network has to contend with in order to evolve, and since I’m maintaining that the network evolves as a whole rather than as sets of insular gene pools of the species evolving relative to each other, is that the network must constantly be expanding in deference to the 2nd law of thermodynamics. If the network isn’t growing, it’s dying. I feel this expansion of the network is what we observe as evolution which in my view is species changing and coming in and out of existence in order to accommodate shifts within the network, in other words, the network shifts as a whole, and then species pop up to connect the new dots. I feel this explains Stephen Jay Gould’s observation of evolution as a process of “punctuated equilibrium” characterized by sudden bursts of evolution rather than it being a process of gradual, incremental change. For example, the internet began to expand in utility and ubiquity and then suddenly Amazon.com sprang into existence as a full fledged business model absolutely unprecedented in regards to the business of selling books in brick and mortar bookstores. It may look like it came out of nowhere, but it was merely connecting two points on an expanding circle, books and book buyers, in a new way that had yet to be exploited. Therefore, dinosaurs and Neanderthals went extinct when they could no longer add new energy to the network.
The network expands, or evolves, by capturing the energy of change, which normally degrades the ordered state of systems, what’s known as entropy or “heat loss,” and then is able to turn this change into information so that the degradation of a system not only contains the seed of its own renewal but at a higher level of elaboration with more energy now available to it. It’s vital to my argument to note that the information that’s needed for capturing and harnessing the energy released by change must precede the system undergoing change otherwise that energy of change is toxic to the system. (This is why I believe that animals experience things first virtually through the effects of physical memory, and then materially by making actual contact with objects of attraction.)
For example, the sun, the moon and the earth are entrained in an auto-tuning feedback dynamic so as to form a network, a system of energy that reliably repeats itself. No matter what the earth does, how it spins, wobbles or flips on its axis, the network has the information (the physical mass and momentum of the sun) to capture and convert these shifts into synchronized movements of the network. However if too big of a planetoid were to come through the solar system and displace each planet’s orbits beyond the Sun’s capacity (information) to hold the earth in position, then that’s the end of the earth, the moon and the sun as a network. Unless the information is available to the network ahead of time so that this input can be captured and converted back into the synchronized movements of the earth, moon and sun, then the network either explodes or implodes. Likewise nature, which must change if it’s always to be expanding, can only change in a way that enables the network to capture these inputs and then harness them for its aggrandizement. It can’t even stay the same because unlike a solar system operating in the vacuum of space, a network of organisms on planet earth are always dealing with resistance and the above mentioned problem of the 2nd law of thermodynamics. And because information must precede change, one could say that the network imposes an expectation on the environment, and this is where we return to the subject of quantum mechanics.
What’s most interesting about experiments in quantum mechanics and which in the early part of the 20th century rocked the physical and philosophical underpinnings of humanity’s view of reality, is that an act of observation imposes an expectation on a quantum event, and to which subatomic particles then behave in a way that conforms to that expectation. And although an act of quantum measurement and an act of conscious observation are not the same, nevertheless it turns out that how one designs an experiment, for example, trying to answer the age old question as to whether light is a wave or a particle (photon), does indeed determine how light will behave. This is mind boggling because there have been experiments which demonstrated that a photon “retraced” its steps billions of light years in time and then reappeared as a different result in conformance to a cleverly designed time-delayed shift in imposing an expectation on which way a photon “chooses” to go. And while I don’t understand all the distinctions to be made between a quantum measurement and an act of observation, apparently there’s no such thing as a detached observer of nature as in the Classical view of science and the classic assumption we all have in our minds when we are watching deer grazing or dogs playing. Somehow consciousness displaces reality because as it appears from quantum experiments an act of observation unavoidably affects the quantum realm.
Now normally this kind of interference between the observer and the observed is said to only happen in terms of things that are very, very small and moving very, very fast, the tiny particles that populate the microscopic world, the sub-atomic things that make our cell phones, TV sets, GPS systems and computers work but which don’t go on to affect the everyday, macroscopic world of relatively large objects moving relatively slowly, such as deer grazing or dogs playing. For all intents and purposes Newton’s classical mechanics of mass and motion is said to hold sway in the macro-scale world. Furthermore, physicists say that our models or visualizations of the sub-atomic realm, as in the idea that electrons orbit around the nucleus of an atom on well defined tracks like planets in orbit around the sun, are idealized representations that don’t really exist. (Running in parallel to this kind of misconception is the classical interpretation in biology of a wolf pack as a dominance hierarchy.) Rather, electrons exist in a state of “superposition,” in other words they are in all places at all times as a fog or smear of energy until that is, there is an act of measurement on the quantum level. Then, such an act of quantum measurement collapses this “wave function” of probabilities and the electron leaps into an observable reality. This is called the “Uncertainty Principle” because one can never know simultaneously the two prime values of an electron, its location and its momentum, one can only say probabilistically where an electron might be found.
“Measuring the position very accurately, will affect the momentum so that we know nothing about the momentum. Conversely, the act of measuring the momentum very accurately will affect the position so we no longer know anything about the particle’s position. The more accurately we know one of these quantities, the less accurately we know the other. We can know where it is or we can know where it is going, but not both at the same time.”
Apparently, location and momentum are inverse functions of how physical matter is organized, so if energy condenses into a single point, then of course it can’t be spread out as a wave and be everywhere at once, and if it exists as a stretched out wave, then it can’t be a single particle.
Now the reason quantum mechanics can’t be brought to bear on relatively large objects that move relatively slowly is because of the problem of “decoherence” which means that all the billions upon billions of quantum effects that are happening sub-atomically in the atoms that comprise any macro-object, interact with their environments and are cancelled out, the phenomenon of quantum entanglement dissipating. This is because as soon as the electrons within an organism get entangled with the electrons in the atoms that make up their surroundings so that there is some exchange of energy, no matter how slight: “The quantum system will inevitably become entangled with the fate of billions of particles in its environment, and this entanglement will cause decoherence (“Quantum Evolution”). The classical rules of physics now take over because the quantum mechanics that guide the tiny things (atoms, protons, electrons and neutrons) that make up the big things of everyday reality can’t accumulate to affect the way things work on our macroscopic level.
(Perhaps an example of something similar is how the magnetic domains that surround every atom don’t end up making every object magnetic because these small magnetic domains aren’t aligned along a common axis and thus end up canceling themselves out, whereas in contrast in naturally occurring magnetic rocks the sub-domains of atoms are aligned and add up to render a net magnetic charge, an overall magnetic domain as the sum result of all the tiny atomic electromagnetic dynamos.)
“Decoherence can be viewed as the loss of information from a system into the environment (often modeled as a heat bath).” http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/qt-entangle/
The only way I’ve heard of quantum mechanics being applied to our macroscopic reality is with the concept of parallel universes so for example, when someone (a real person from the point of view of someone in our universe) comes to a fork in the road and they choose to go left, their quantum doppelganger in a parallel universe goes right as an expression of a quantum entanglement, and so therefore it’s theorized that we don’t exist in a universe but in a multiverse. While on the one hand this isn’t too fantastic given how weird quantum mechanics reveals itself to be, it nevertheless strikes me as more of an expedient intellectual device that distracts us from finding a more meaningful expression of quantum mechanics in the macro world. It may work out mathematically but it doesn’t really mean anything when it comes to the nuts-and-bolts of living on planet earth. (Some theorists say that even the notion of particles and time are illusory and so quantum weirdness only seems weird to us given the way our classical minds interpret reality. Because these are very intense mathematical treatments I am not able to weave my way through these competing views critically, but nevertheless I believe an accurate interpretation of animal consciousness can bring us to a more practical resolution to wit: consciousness is energy that reflects back on itself and thereby acquires a kind of “mass” that can then displace the space/time continuum. I believe that this will ultimately yield a more accurate reconciliation between the seeming paradoxes between quantum and classical treatments of nature once that is, a quantum physicist begins to understand the nature of animal consciousness as I’m attempting to explain it. I would like to convey to scientists that the more I learn of physics, the more I understand animals. Conversely, the more physicists were to learn of animals, the more they would understand physics.
My reading of animal nature suggests that the Uncertainty Principle might be more accurately called the Certainty Principle, because . . . what physicists call the Uncertainty Principle means that even though electrons have a negative charge they can’t collapse into a positively charged nucleus of an atom as they should be wont to do, because then their position and their momentum would be the same given the incredibly small scale of resolution within the nucleus of an atom. So even though we can’t predict where an electron will be in an atom, it is certain that it won’t be found in the atom’s nucleus and thanks to this principle we have electrons in quantum orbit around the nuclei of atoms and therefore we have the matter on which our reality is based. I am seeking to extend this organizing principle to the evolution of organisms because just as electrons won’t fall into the nucleus, the “Certainty Principle” guarantees that energy of change will be captured by animals and be channeled into more and more complex behaviors and social organization.
If the network is to capture the energy released in entropy, the future must be in flux, indeterminate, uncertain; not determined by a calculus projected forward predicated on current positions and momenta. Newton’s laws of motion can’t be factored out so that the future is predictable. The future must always be in some kind of shape that is capable of conforming to an expectation just as if the future is a function of random probabilities, nothing fixated in form, existing as a smear of energy stretched along a wave pattern. And yet, while the network requires an indeterminate future, this future must be determinate in the sense that it must conform to the network’s desire to expand. It cannot collapse at random. The possibility must always exist that the environment can collapse into a state beneficial to the evolution of the network, even though it’s composed of macroscopic objects that are immune to quantum mechanics and can’t be said to be in a state of quantum flux that can conform to quantum expectations since every material thing has already collapsed from the wave of infinite possibilities into a fixed state, everything has already become materially real as a tangible fixture of the natural environment, and everything that comes from that is also decidedly materially real and apparently immune to quantum expectations.
So how could the future be composed of concrete things, and yet still be functionally in an indeterminate state of flux, just as if it exists as an infinite range of random possibilities like an electron stretched out in a wave function?
The solution of this conundrum is found in the construction of the animal mind as a confluence of hunger and balance that due to the principle of emotional conductivity, this thereby allows animals to evolve from “particles” of consciousness into emotionally entangled quantum beings of one group-mind. Since the natural world in which we evolve exists on the macroscopic plane, whether we are considering its past, present or future, it is always concrete and therefore can’t actually collapse as if it is in a superposition of states. Instead it will require actual material agents of change, physical organisms and animals that can tangibly deconstruct and then reconstruct it with physical appetites and appendages, actual bone, teeth and claws – – just as if the environment exists in a superposition of states that collapse according to a quantum measurement and an act of observation. In other words, the degradation normally associated with entropy, things collapsing and systems losing their vital heat, ends up being a form of potential energy that the network as a collectively organized web of life, captures and then harnesses in order to sustain the expansion of the network. The loss of heat in the environments’ ordered systems becomes the physical memory in the animal’s body/mind that then generates a view of its reality and which then becomes the information needed to deconstruct and reconstruct the material world so as to put that heat back into the system, only now in a more complex form.
With animals as material agents acting on it, the environment dissolves from a formed state into one that conforms to a projected expectation. If all organisms impact the environment in a coordinated manner, it is certain that the environment will “collapse” into a state that’s beneficial to the network via cycles and patterns of behavior that may take eons to radiate throughout all the ecosystems of the world, but still every action remains but a part of a whole. Even seemingly random episodes of change such as volcanoes and lightening storms will be absorbed and emotionally internalized by organisms and animals and then this energy will go on to animate and inform them as to how to interact with the environment and change it according to a network coherent standard.
We can see the signature of all this whenever any two dogs meet and greet. When dogs A and B first encounter each other, they can be considered as individuated “particles” of consciousness. As such, the first criteria guiding their interaction is that it must be determined in which direction energy will flow, from A to B or from B to A; because just as heat can only radiate from a warm object to a relatively cooler one, the two dogs must differentiate so that one has energy to give (predator=warm) and one has energy to absorb (prey=cool). This is why we experience emotion with such a strong thermodynamic component as in “hot under the collar,” “my blood ran cold:” and we describe others as being cold, warm, cool, and so on, and this is our first measure by which we apprehend such a person’s approachability.
Often we’ll see friction when the differential between two individuals isn’t immediately apparent and which is then misinterpreted as expressions of dominance and acts of competitiveness. It’s easy to misinterpret it this way because the more alike things are the more they are drawn together and the more likely there is to be friction. When dog A sees dog B, and vice versa, their respective body/minds are displaced by the appearance of the other. They are both unsettled and their sense of equilibrium can only be resolved by their counterpart. Whereas if B is inconsequential to A because their differential is so apparent, then it is less destabilized and less need to reconnect with its “self” by making contact with B.
But for purposes of our discussion let’s say that A and B are exactly alike in terms of their emotional charge and therefore we’re dealing with two static “particles” another word for which is personality. So a behaviorist might look at both A and B acting exactly alike and say that they are both dominant individuals. Whereas in my energy way of looking at it, I would say they both have the same “heat” and so therefore it’s not clear which way energy can move. In fact, within A and B, their respective Big-Brain nervous activity is perceived quite literally as heat and as pressure, the epicenter of this sensation of compression being located in their heads. And then let’s just say that they both “vent” toward the other and there’s some kind of an outburst that gives both dogs some sense of relief. NO MATTER HOW CLOSE THEY MAY BE IN TEMPERAMENT OR EXPERIENCES, THEY BOTH CAN’T EXPERIENCE THE SAME EVENT THE SAME WAY. WHY?
Because animal consciousness is the confluence of the physical and nerve energies supplied by a two-brain makeup via the hunger and balance circuitry, it is a displaceable medium, just like the space/time continuum. And just as two rocks can’t occupy the same space at the same time, until a state of “emotional entanglement” has been achieved, in other words, as “particles,” two individuals can’t both be in hunger or be in balance at the same time.
When A is displaced by the presence of B, A must now ground out Big-Brain energy (balance) into its little-brain (hunger) smooth wave action in order to feel whole again. Once displaced, A’s front end is no longer connected to its hind end and so it focuses on or moves toward B from a state of arousal (hunger). This then immediately displaces B’s balance circuitry. So arousal in A causes vulnerability in B because A will be putting pressure on B, which then sets up the same need for grounding in B and it will then focus or move toward A. This is like a game of musical chairs so that if there is an outburst at some point, by definition either A or B will be orienting from either the balance or hunger circuitry and cannot perceive the same moment the same way. Because of this, there is an immediate differential after that initial outburs. This is because the Big-Brain is primarily concerned with output to balance out the input, and the little-brain is primarily concerned with input to ground out the Big-Brain output, and so orienting from one of these perspectives will leave one individual with energy to give (predator polarity or balance) whereas the other individual will have energy to absorb (preyful polarity or hunger). So if A and B were to get into a fight, one would attribute it to a matter pertaining to balance whereas for the other it would have been triggered over a question of arousal and where they were in the loop at the moment of the outburst will profoundly affect who gets to win. Sometimes a superior physical specimen will easily be bested by what chair it got stuck with when the music suddenly stopped. But at any rate, a direction of energy transfer would have been established.
However the reason that 99.9% of these explosive outbursts don’t lead to actual violence with any real injury inflicted is because of the emotional battery and the principle of emotional conductivity. Since both individuals aren’t physically aligned and synchronized and both are objects of resistance, no matter who wins the fight they are both going to end up with more unresolved emotion than they were able to discharge and will therefore acquire an even more intense charge and feel even more incomplete even though in the immediate short term by having a fight they did indeed experience some degree of relief. We can tell that even the winning dog is left in a state of unresolved emotion because the dog does not eat what it has “made-prey” on. It is blocked by the “mirror effect” and thereby accrues more of a charge. Also we can notice that when two dogs fight and one goes belly-up, even the so called victor withdraws and shakes itself off just as does the “loser.” It’s trying to dissipate the charge it’s ended up with which it really shouldn’t have to do if by virtue of “winning” it had achieved a status of high rank. When the general pins the bars on the lieutenants lapel, the newly commissioned officer doesn’t have to shake it off.
Dogs are so sensitive that even in the midst of an explosive encounter they can sense that on a deeper level they are acquiring more compression that the relief they’re experiencing on the more surface level of awareness. This is akin to a dog’s capacity to be able to scent the perfume of a rose underneath the acrid stency of skunk spray. Relieving the energy of vibration is not the same as gaining energy because the latter requires true movement and that can only come through creating a wave form with one’s counterbalance. (And this is because it takes an external trigger to activate physical memory, the more complex and the more resistance value; the deeper the level of memory activated and brought to the surface and therefore the more profound the capacity for achieving a state of emotional suspension with the triggering agent going on to serve as the emotional counterbalance.) The complexities of the emotional battery acquiring unresolved emotion and resolving unresolved emotion according to the principle of emotional conductivity, is what motivates animals to self-modify against violence so that the vast majority of instances of aggression in the animal kingdom are ritualistic rather than lethal combat.
Once the relative heat differential is out of the way so that a direction of energy flow is established by virtue of the delineation of the two prime traits of temperament, predator and prey, their process of differentiation will continue to evolve into a wave function that leads to each being the opposite and yet the equal to the other. I call this more complex phase “emotional ionization.” (We can also note that in this progression of a social interaction, we’re goingfrom a gravitational kind of orientation, displacement, to a thermodynamic principle (energy transfer), and now to an electromagnetic template for interrelating (ionization).) For this to happen their partner must become their counterbalance and to do that, their partner must apprehend its emotional mass in Toto, as a net sum quantitative mass rather than qualitatively in terms of its specifics. This is akin to an entrepreneur saying, “Okay, my net worth is 3.2 million, how do I leverage that to make more?” Rather than dwelling qualitatively on all the aggravation he endured and the fears he overcame in order to amass his fortune, and which might then motivate himto seek only to protect it.
To put this into behavioral context, in the pack, we are observing the particle aspect of animal consciousness so that energy radiates from the “hot” individual to one that is relatively cooler. Whereas in the group we are observing the wave aspect of animal consciousness with the emotional charge freely ping-ponging back and forth depending on emotional context.
The easiest way to induce an emotional counterpart to go by feel in real time rather than by experiencing the moment in terms of the past; is to act in a manner that is emotionally conductive to that individual, and the easiest way to do this, is to OBJECTIFY THE MIDPOINT.
By this I mean that if they can find the sweet spot between them, by monitoring the degree of compression in their heads so that it doesn’t reach the virtual bursting point, and which they then next experience that the other is doing likewise, this degree of compression (which is both a discrete distance between them as well as an intensity of bodily movement) becomes an intermediary stage of feeling connected. They’re not quite connected, but there’s a tentative auto-tuning/feedback dynamic by which they’re learning that whatever they do, is instantly reflected back at them and so by softening their approach and intensity, they get back a softened boomerang effect. (Finding the midpoint is akin to two children adjusting where they sit on a seesaw, especially if there is a weight differential, in order to achieve a stage of balance, preliminary to achieving a feeling of weightlessness.) They begin to feel that they are controlling the other by modifying their own behavior and deportment.
After this midpoint is sensed the next step is to deflect their arousal toward each other onto an object so that both individuals can feel hunger at the same time, and this is what’s happening when dogs urinate and then investigate by smelling and even licking the urine, and then begin to orbit around the scent mark as a physical manifestation of the emotional midpoint. When the midpoint becomes to take physical form, it becomes what I call the “emotional center-of-gravity,” the physical center-of-gravity projected outside the body. What’s most significant is just like a physical center-of-gravity the e-cog can be displaced onto other bodies and common objects such as large prey, or as mentioned above, simple scent marks and prey objects, and now the dog experiences the midpoint as the physical embodiment of its own physical center-of-gravity. So all of its accumulated information in its battery, is now being perceived in its totality and as something new. And when the other individual moves around the emotional cog, it feels just as if its internal physical center-of-gravity is moving within its own body and this emotional induction softens old physical memories of stress in whatever region of the dog’s body they are “remembering” their p-cog having been in. (This is also why in contravention to this effect but according to the same principle, dogs will guard a place or object from an individual it’s not synchronized with. The other individual is cutting the dog off from its feeling of connection, with its “self.” See my article on “Why do dogs fetch?” http://naturaldogtraining.com/why-dogs-do-what-they-do/why-do-dogs-fetch/ )
Just like a physical cog, the emotional cog can be displaced onto anything to which the individual feels connected and so the dog perceives others revolving around the e-cog as if its own physical center-of-gravity moving and when the wave form is fully established, the dog feels just like the kid on a seesaw experiencing weightlessness. It experiences this as new energy through the release of natural opiates in the affected body parts.
Remember that the dog still has a physical center-of-gravity in its body even with an e-cog floating around out there, (this is why and how Labs are able to “mark” successive kills left floating in the water for later retrieval in order to not disturb the overflight of ducks or geese) and so now when in a state of emotional suspension, when it references its physical center-of-gravity through its balance circuitry, there is no fear of falling, but the thrill of weightlessness/excitement and again, this makes it complementary to the other dog. For if A is in hunger, B can now choose to reference its balance without fear of falling and in this state, A and B can flip polarities rapidly and the more intensely they can do this, the deeper into the battery’s levels they can trigger, and the greater the pleasure in their interaction and the stronger the bond that can evolve between them. Now, energy is not going in one direction like a direct current (DC), it’s going back and forth like an alternating current (AC). Dogs can even have a momentary lapse and have a fight in this state, and then quickly get themselves out because it feels so noxious compared to the feeling of weightlessness they had just achieved. This is the state at which I believe an aggressive dog can be said to be healed.
Finally, when they get down to the deepest layer, this will induce them to strike out in search of an object of resistance that they can synchronize around and bring this to ground. This is the genesis of hunting or group energy. So the quantum view of social organization is distinct from the classical view of a dominance hierarchy because it reveals that canines organize according to a hierarchy of feelings, in other words, whoever wants something the most, i.e. the one with the most unresolved emotion when in a state of suspension, is the one that is most uninhibited and goes first, the rest happy to follow. The group conforms to the power of desire.
Because nature is an infinite hall of mirrors, tracing the ping/ponging of energy can appear hopelessly complex, but it is always elaborating upon a simple platform as outlined above and this can be experienced for oneself. All one has to do is go to a local playground with a friend, or better yet a child, and revisit the childhood delight of the seesaw. The greater the weight differential between partners the more instructive the exercise as it is of course remarkably easy for both parties to self-modify their position on the beam in order to achieve equivalence. By tuning in to what one is feeling in terms of balance relative to the degree of arousal (the desire for movement, i.e. wanting to ride the seesaw) creates a confluence of internal energies and by focusing on the midpoint these energies average out into a composition, a feeling. As you go through this process pay close attention to which part of your body you are referencing. From the whole body matrix of sensations that are flooding in from balance-monitoring activity, orientation in space and actual points of physical contact with the seat and handle, you can feel the body’s physical center of gravity moving from the tips of the toes to the top of the head with all of this movement ultimately averaging out into a unified feeling which I believe you will find takes up residence in your heart because only the heart can feel the midpoint. The midpoint is the catalyst to the wave function, whether it is between two people on a seesaw or whenever any two dogs meet and greet. The midpoint is therefore the source of potential energy (experienced as a state of resonance, in other words, weightlessness) and this is essential to social behavior because the feeling of potential energy is what leads to an actual flow of energy. Only the heart can feel potential energy, the Brain can’t feel a thing.
Now since all animals feel sensations related to hunger and balance exactly the same way, I think it’s easy to imagine how any two beings can potentially ascertain the midpoint between them and thus be able to communicate. The dogs experience this interaction of becoming entrained (triggering of stress that is then grounded by smoothed out wave action of its partner) just as if they are reaping an input of new energy. But there is no real energy, not yet, rather it’s the old energy of stress that’s been captured as physical memory through life experiences now being reconverted via Pavlovian conditioning when these mirroring movements of A-in-sync-with-B release the natural opiates present in every tissue of the body. (Dr. Candice Pert: “The Molecules of Emotion”)
A and B, are on what I call the quantum seesaw. Whatever one feels, the other feels the exact opposite, and then if their interaction continues to evolve they will invariably be able to reverse these “poles” so that over time they both end up feeling the same thing, resonance or weightlessness, just like two kids on a classical seesaw.
So whenever any two animals interact, they change each others’ perspective so as to complement each other. Thus, no two animals can respond to their inner quotient of unresolved emotion exactly the same, but as the mirror image to the other, equal yet opposite. Another way of saying this is that when one dog acts as a “particle” (focus due to impingement of balance) the other begins the process of nudging them both toward a “wave” (deflected due to hunger for grounding) through this mirroring back and forth process of syncopation.
It is possible however that at some point in this ping/ponging of the emotional charge going back and forth that the emotional carrying capacity of either A and/or B may be breached, at which point their feeling of attraction and synchronization will collapse from this range of indeterminate possibilities into a hardwired instinctual reflex or some previously learned habit. They will then either act on their environment or on each other (and any action directed toward another ultimately results in acting on the environment) as material agents of change in terms of how much of a wave form they were able to manifest.
But nevertheless the possibility always exists that even though they are “particles” of consciousness, individuated entities in the classical way of looking at them, the ping/ponging can continue to elaborate to a point of super-conductivity by which I mean that the deepest layer of stress in the emotional battery is smoothed out into a pure wave form as each dog acts in a manner that first triggers the deepest layers of stress, and then smooths this out so that they next evolve into an emotionally entangled pair of beings, in synchronized movement and disposition with each other as a permanent kind of wave function, what we recognize as an unbreakable emotional bond. We could call them “paired-photons” so that no matter how far from direct contact they may be from each other, they will perceive their situation from the perspective of their complementary part of the group mind as imprinted via their respective physical memories. (I believe that when two individuals become emotionally entangled by being able to flip polarity without resistance in order to complement that to which they’re attracted, that electrons arcing across synaptic gaps in the two brains do indeed become paired in a state of quantum entanglement, creating what I call an “emoton” and this quantum state is what takes up residence in the heart which we feel as weightlessness or resonance and is reflected in the way we speak: (“high on life” “feet ten feet off the ground” “walking on air” etc., etc.)
Here’s an example of two dogs as paired emotons. Last summer various members of my family made three separate trips to our camp in Maine. The first two trips my male GSD “Hessian” went along while I remained behind with his littermate, “Hexe.” The camp has sliding glass doors with screen sliders and Hessian could never get the “idea” that it wasn’t enough to just see an open glass door: there could still remain a closed screen door. He was constantly running into the screen door and derailing it. At the very end of the summer, my wife and I returned to Maine with both dogs. It was Hexes’ first trip to the camp. I let them out of the car and Hexe runs up on the deck while Hessian jumps in the lake. I open the glass as well as the screen door to let her inside but no dice, she won’t cross the threshold. It was just as if she had picked up the vibe of the head-butting screen door just by being in the presence of Hessian back home in Vermont. And while Hessian is charged to go through the opening: Hexi holds, by default, the equal and yet opposite charge of holding back. No matter how much I sweet talked her to join me inside, she refused to enter. So I went to the back of the camp and opened the regular, wooden door and she came in without hesitation. After a few days she got over the impasse but it was fascinating how Hexe had picked up hesitation-at-screen door just as if she had run into it even though she had never seen one before, and then responded to the incident completely different as the equal and yet opposite to Hessian. Two dogs going through the screen slit was wonderful example of a quantum canine two-dog version of the two-slit photon experiment.
From such a state of emotional entanglement will emerge a group mind and all in the group will respond to all things in this syncopated manner even when they are not together because their perception will always be affected by the residual influence of physical memory that each have “tuned” in the other, and so they will perceive any resistance or change they subsequently encounter as the equal and yet opposite of their paired mate. So because Hessian had already occupied the active/direct polarity relative to the charge of the screen door, Hexe took up station at the reactive/indirect polarity relative to that charge. In this way, when a group of wolves confront a moose, each wolf will focus on a different part of the moose’s body as an access point for their drive.
And taking a look through a more wide-angled lens, from an ecological perspective, through this syncopated style of action, which can entangle more and more individuals into a common bond, this wave function will radiate out into their environment and replicate in other places and individuals if the conditions end up being emotionally conductive in such interactions. And in this highly energized state, all animals swept along and synchronized into this wave form will ultimately perceive and then act on their environment in a coordinated manner. The composition of an entire ecosystem can thus shift due to an emotional wave form of the group mind.
“After an absence of 70 years, wolves were re-introduced to Yellowstone Park in 1995, and elk populations began a steady decline, cut in half over the past decade. Also, the presence of a natural predator appears to have altered the behavior of the remaining elk, which in their fear of wolves tend to avoid browsing in certain areas where they feel most vulnerable. The two factors together have caused a significant reduction in elk browsing on young aspen shoots, allowing them to survive to heights where some are now above the animal browsing level.”
The arousal of wolves counterbalanced by vulnerability in elk: a quantum seesaw that materially affects the ecosystem. In other words, it wasn’t that the numbers of prey had declined and this saved the aspens, rather the elk were afraid of going into the wooded areas even when not hunted and this feeling, or wave form, allowed the aspens to regenerate. So animals materially affect the environment by mechanically decomposing it and then recomposing it, but my belief is that this is always in a way that adds new energy to the network.
In the short term when dog A meets dog B, there is no new energy even though from the point of view of A and B they would swear they are indeed experiencing it, but what the individual is actually feeling is the physical stress memories being released by pleasure chemicals, and this then animates and informs them how to respond to change—via the group mind—and it is this syncopated, social style of orientation that will indeed in the long term beget actual energy to their material benefit. First comes the emotional gratification, the virtual energy; then comes the actual gratification, the real energy. Notice that this is exactly how the digestive process works. We feel weak which then motivates us to eat, even though we truly haven’t depleted the body’s energy reserves, and then as soon as we’ve eaten and before anything is actually digested with energy being delivered to the cells, we nonetheless feel renewed and energized. The virtual preceding the actual.
Any given animal’s view of reality will be distorted by their mind being organized according to network protocols, so that animals interact with their environment in a coordinated way in accord with the network’s expectation for expansion.
Animals perceive their surroundings via the prism of preyful and predatory aspects, and if they become entangled they will experience their reality through complementary perspectives in terms of how their physical memories affect them. They become like polarized photons. One will focus on the predatory aspect, the other on the preyful aspect, one will be more concerned with balance and the other with hunger and these perspectives can constantly shift depending on context and the two dog’s relationship to each other in any given moment. If their emotional capacities allow them to elaborate to the highest level (i.e. resolve deepest layer of unresolved emotion) they will then set out to impact their surroundings in terms of this complementary style of perception. This phenomenon while easiest to observe, test and demonstrate with dogs, must be a wholesale, network-wide phenomenon and not specific to dogs as that wouldn’t make evolutionary sense. It’s simply easiest to see in dogs since they go more by feel, less by instinct (and not at all by thought) than any other animal on earth.
Therefore, given the malleability of perspective, it’s just as if the material world is indeed in a virtual state of flux, in a superposition of states even though it is composed of macroscopic objects that for all intents and purposes are absolutely fixed in static form. Animals have no logical interpretation of reality because their minds are composed in a manner that is plastic and relative to emotional context so that their perception of external objects and beings will always be in a state of flux. And if an animal could think in such terms, it appears to an animal just as if the environment is always in a state of flux, quite literally as if it exists within a superposition of states. This is why a dog doesn’t feel that the head bone is necessarily connected to the neck bone, to the backbone and the tail bone, or that its front end is necessarily connected to its hind end.
Emotion is consciousness’ solution of the unified field problem and ensures that nature conforms to the power of desire. Organisms and animals synchronize in terms of a common desire (resolve unresolved emotion: E–>UE–>RE) and it’s just as if the environment is in a state of superposition because it ends up shifting through the coordinated action of every living thing to conform to this universal desire. Energy becomes emotional mass that then becomes a wave form to which the environment does then conform. Desire is the information that causes change to be fortuitous rather than deleterious. Nature “wants” unresolved emotion to be resolved, and so too does your dog.
So I’m not focusing on an actual field of energy because that doesn’t address the problem of decoherence for material objects. We’re still stuck with the multiverse and that particles aren’t really particles, and there’s no such thing as quantum jumps and leaps, that these are nothing more than tricks of the classically conditioned eye, not to mention how then can the future, if indeterminate and since it contains macroscopic objects, therefore conform to the intangible force of desire since the actual environment is already fixated into material form and not able to be in a state of superposition? Something tangible has to affect the material world and this is the function of organisms operating on the macro-scale. They are emotionally designed so that they will mechanically impact the material world and change it with tangible, physical actions but again, only in accord with the desire of emotionally entangled beings implementing a universal wave form.
To put it another way, the impact of physical memory on the neurology and physiology of animals IS quantum mechanics playing out in the macroscopic world. Because animals physically interact with the world and learn according to the E–>UE–>RE emotional continuum, it’s just as if all the quantum effects happening within an animal on the cellular level remain coherent and can then bubble up to the surface to be expressed in behavior.
The physical actions of animals are organized just as if they are experiencing a field of energy, so that they can model change virtually before putting it into mechanical motion. They make no logical sense of change, rather change changes the way they feel toward other animals and this ultimately factors out into a wave function. Every action adds up into a whole, all the tiny virtual microscopic quantum effects going on in their physical systems, in effect total up through their behavior into one coherent whole animating and informing animals to materially affect their surroundings so that it is shaped to fit the network’s expectation.
This is why an emotional charge is intensified and compounded in a wolf pack or grouping of dogs instead of being canceled out. All one needs to do in order to observe a wave form evolving into existence, is go to a local dog run where the dogs haven’t yet sorted out the complementary trait basis of relationships. You will see one of the dogs beginning to play by making itself conductive (because it is referencing its hunger circuitry) and then it goes forward and attempts to knock over another dog’s sense of balance, i.e. dislodge it from its particle nature. Little by little the other more tentative dogs will soften as juices start flowing and you will see a wave form start to emerge, its development characterized by surges and collapses, fits and starts, until a coherent wave form becomes fully entrenched in what we see as playing but is really the beginning of entanglement.
By being complementary to one another, there is a coupling of charge which allows ten wolves of one mind to accomplish far more than the sum of their parts, because they can bring their combined emotional charge to bear on complex objects of resistance, such as a defensive formation of Musk ox. The relationship that evolved between canine and man is the ultimate network expression of this synergistic dividend.
Since physical memory crystallizes around the physical center-of-gravity as the basis of an emotional charge (e-cog), and since the physical center-of-gravity can move anywhere within a body, be shared by beings, and move outside and leap from one being to another, the attendant physical memories attached to the e-cog also going with it, all of these effects leading to more and more advanced forms of social organization, it turns out that there is indeed quantum tunneling and leaps going on in the macroscopic world of tangible reality. We can see it whenever dogs meet and greet and in every dog run in every town and city across the country.
Instead of thinking of parallel universes in order to incorporate quantum weirdness into our interpretation of reality, we could think of animals (and even bacteria and protozoa) as carriers of an emotional charge and therefore as virtual leptons, bosons, electrons, photons because depending on what aspect of emotion they are contending with, they act just as if they are leptons, bosons, electrons, photons, protons, neutrons, atoms and molecules and all manner of micro-electromagnetic systems that turn mass into information. (Physical objects becoming emotional centers-of-gravity; and interestingly particle physicists call their growing stable of sub-atomic particles a “zoo.”)
I don’t believe we have to be a particle physicist working on the Hadron Collider in Switzerland to see inside the atom. Animals are sub-atomic particles, carriers of a charge that makes quantum leaps from one animal to another and can be said to exist in a superposition of all states, and the emotional center-of-gravity (attached to p-cog via Pavlovian conditioning) does tunnel just as does the electron through material objects as if by magic. We are living within the wave function: we are actually inside the universe’s greatest linear particle accelerator, nature, and our best guide is our dog. The emotion we feel inside us is the amorphous smear of energy not yet in form until a feeling emerges allowing us to entangle with the environment, unless and until this either collapses into a thought, habit or instinct. A feeling will always continue to evolve through the principle of emotional conductivity (E–>UE–>RE) into new emotional bonds which animates and informs us how to affect others and ultimately our surroundings.
If we were next to consider that what we perceive of as time is not segmented into a series of chunks as in minutes, hours, days, years, epochs; millennia and so on, but rather one continuous, contiguous sheet of energy, then nature is in a state of superposition even though it is constituted by relatively large objects going relatively slowly. Given the two-brain bipolar makeup with heart as the network brain that implements quantum effects, every animal is a potential carrier that can manifest a universal charge and which zips around the psyches of animals leaping from one to the other changing energy states and in ways that can be mechanically measured. At some point when its capacity is breached it collapses into an instinct, habit or a feeling, but then the feeling reconstitutes itself just like a light wave in the effects this collapse has on other individuals affected by that behavior.
I have seen a dog “know” where coyotes are on a far ridge, and a canine handler at the Stamford Hospital, Tony, relayed to me how he was pulled by his dog, “Lord,” with the wind at their back and the dog not scenting whatsoever, across a huge parking lot to a car where a man had just committed suicide after the ambulance brought his wife, who it turned out he had murdered, to the ER. I believe the dog felt the discontinuity in the field which is basically what protection training a dog sensitizes them to apprehend in criminals.
The following is a common way for owners to explore the quantum phenomenon with their own dog. When I first start a dog in hide ‘n seek with its owner, I hold the dog and the owner runs away. Once they go far enough so that they’re out of sight, they then turn off the trail and hide behind a wall or a tree about 30 feet in. Typically as the owner is running off, the dog is barking, whining and pulling on his lead and by the time I let him go, all he is focused on is where he last saw his owner and he is so excited when I finally let him loose that he’s just looking and not smelling whatsoever. I run along behind the dog and then what happens in most cases is truly amazing. When the dog hits the exact spot on the trail where the owner turned off, a turn the dog couldn’t see because the owner was out of sight when they turned off the trail, and again without scenting, the dog stops dead in its tracks just as if it has hit some kind of a wall. Invariably it then turns in the exact direction the owner went, just as if the owners’ movement had carved a tunnel through an invisible medium. The dog still isn’t using its nose and I can’t even say it’s really looking. Its eyes have this zoned out, glazed over non-focused disposition as it follows this “displacement” until however, the sight and overt presence of its owner overrides its capacity to feel this distortion in the continuum or field of energy. The dog jumps all over his owner happy to be reunited.
But what’s particularly interesting however is that once the dog gains some experience and capability with the hide ‘n seek exercise, the dog shifts over fully to the senses of sight and smell, and in fact before it’s really good at the scenting part, when it becomes confused because the problem is too hard, rather than being able to resort to its infallible sense of the invisible field, instead it will fall back on sight which most often merely deepens its state of confusion. It starts running around more and more frantically, revisiting previous finds, sometimes even heading back to the last place it felt its owner, I once had a dog run all the way back to the parking lot where the car was. Also, with the police dogs I trained that became expert at S&R, they never ever fell back on using their infallible quantum capacity over their sense of smell, other than these out of the blue situations such as with Tony and Lord. They always relied on their nose when working out arduous problems.
Concordant with this phenomenon I believe, are those rare instances when dogs navigate a vast unknown to rejoin an owner, sometimes after its owner had in the interim been forced to move across the country. I believe that all dogs are capable of this but the ones that are real friendly, will end up in some family along the wayside before they get hungry enough to work this out, whereas the one that are too frightened will be overwhelmed and won’t be able to tune in whatsoever.
So why isn’t this infallible faculty a dog’s primary means of apprehension? I think the reason dogs invariably resort to their material senses is because the fundamental function of animal consciousness is to affect the material world by solving the problem of decoherence through an emotional/physical process as this is how the network expectation is imposed on the material world. I think the most evolved capacity of the Big-Brain in the head is to tune out most information. So while I do agree there is a field of energy that animals can tap into, nonetheless I believe this is secondary. The real purpose of animals is to materially affect the material world in concordance with the principles of quantum mechanics so that the material world can be made to conform to the network’s desire for expansion. Einstein was right, Dog does not play dice with the network.
Physical memory imposes the past on the present thereby determining the future so that nature will conform to the power of desire. Even though dogs are creatures of the immediate moment, and even if every day yields nothing more than the same-old-same-old, “oh-boy-oh-boy-oh-boy,” a dog sure can’t wait until tomorrow.
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