What does the emotional battery, the phenomenon of neotony, and the dog’s affinity for cars all have in common?
Every debate I have with learning theorists argue that the distinction I’m drawing between dogs and other animals, for example animals such as cats and deer, are irrelevant because these distinctions can be taken into account in terms of learning theory and fixed action patterns. One person on Lee’s Psyche Today Blog actually claimed his pet rats loved to ride in the car just like a dog. On other forum sites the experts say I’m saying nothing new and that they already know all this stuff, it’s just being recast in hyped up jargon. Whereas if they understood that there was a universal operating system of animal consciousness, most vividly displayed in the ways and doings of dogs because of their heightened emotional capacity, they would be looking for such distinctions as critical information since these reveal the code of animal consciousness.
So we have all driven up to or past a dog, cat or deer standing in the road. What then is the fundamental distinction between these three animals (one wild and two domesticated so it’s a pretty wide spectrum to sample) in their responses to a car on the road or in the driveway? The answer is simple, but it leads to an understanding as to what the emotional battery, the phenomenon of Neotony, and a dog’s special affinity for cars all have in common.