Everything is connected, everything is a repeating module elaborating from simple structures into more and more complex ones. As I develop my body language series, I will illustrate how the social sense of the canine mind is analogous literally, to the quantum mechanics of the sense of smell. This will not prove to be a difficult concept, one just needs to see the picture.
“Lock and key”
The means by which a detected molecule is translated into a smell within the brain has already been the subject of Nobel prize-winning research.
But how precisely an odorant molecule is detected remains a mystery.
As with the picture of molecular interactions that drives our understanding of enzymes and drugs, the very shape of odorant molecules has been assumed to be the way it is detected in the nose.
In this scenario, molecules are seen to be the “key” that fits neatly into a detector molecule in the nose that acts as a lock.
But in 1996, Luca Turin, now of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, suggested that the “vibrational modes” of an odorant were its signature.
Molecules can be viewed as a collection of atoms on springs, and energy of just the right frequency – a quantum – can cause the spring to vibrate.
It’s a very interesting idea; there’s all sorts of interesting biological physics that implement quantum processes that’s cropping up”
Jennifer BrookesMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Since different assemblages of molecules have different characteristic frequencies, Turin proposed, these vibrations could act as a molecular signature.
The idea has been debated in the scientific literature, but presentations at the American Physical Society meeting put the theory on firmer footing.
Most recently, Dr Turin published a paper showing that flies can distinguish between molecules that are chemically similar but in which a heavier version of hydrogen had been substituted.
Like a spring with a heavier weight at one end, the vibration frequency is lowered, and flies appear to notice.”
In other words, “grounding” occurs. So the interplay between the Big-Brain-in-the-Head and the little-brain-in-the-gut, i.e. can nerve stimulation be converted into smooth peristaltic wave action, is the phenomenon of emotional grounding and the feeling of being whole and safe. This determines the vibrational quality of the individual’s body movements and this “language” is transmitted to other individuals in terms of how they perceive that individual’s “predatory aspect” relative to its “preyful aspect.” This computes an overall conductive value and a charge is absorbed or reflected between these two individuals, just as an electron “tunnels” through the nasal receptors. In other words, every animal is the carrier of stress and we can think of this as the charge in a state of superposition. When any given individual is “charged,” i.e. the deepest layer of stress is activated, then all of sudden this represents the charge taking up a specific position instead of being a probability.
Note that reinforcement theory and the notion that the concept of dominance can have anything to do with social structure, is analogous to the mechanical world view that prevailed in science until the quantum revolution in physics. It’s time for a new behavioral paradigm. The clearest window into its structures is provided by an immediate-moment manner of analysis. This is the only method which doesn’t project human thoughts onto animal behavior in order to explain the phenomenon of learning and social structure.