The Hunting Connection


In “YDIYM” I postulated that if two beings want the same object they can potentially communicate. And if they want the same object that neither can get on their own, they can potentially connect. Above in the symbiotic relationship that’s evolved between badger and coyote we have an example of the former, a relationship which doesn’t reach the level of the latter.

Both coyote and badger can overcome their prey on their own, they don’t need the other to make the kill, but their odds of getting a kill go up considerably if they work together. Neither species modifies its prey-making method, but they modify their hunting style by moving in tandem from site to site. So they don’t actually relate to each other as the article points out. Neither one has any idea of the other’s point of view which should cause the high cognitive approach adherents to question their conclusions from the various dog experiments that they interpret to demonstrate a theory-of-mind capacity. Whereas if they each needed the other to bring down a common prey because it was too large and dangerous for each one singly, then they could evolve to relate to each other and form a truly social connection. Here the connection between badger and coyote is seasonal and doesn’t carry over into non-hunting contexts. A fact that emphasizes how critical hunting is to the evolution of emotion, emotional rapport and the emotional bonds that lead to sociability.

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Published July 11, 2017 by Kevin Behan

3 responses to “The Hunting Connection”

  1. b... says:

    So then could we hypothesize that the function of modern human sociability is to serve the “hunt” for a common “prey”/want that is too grand for the individual to accomplish on their own?
    This seems to align with the idea in personal development systems that one can only truly be conductive in a relationship if they are already complete within themselves and want to attain to something greater (interdependence), otherwise a relationship is based on a need to become complete (co-dependence) and bound to have conflict.

  2. Kevin Behan says:

    I agree. We are driven by stress, it can only return to flow through network integration and so the “configuration” (whatever our social network includes) improves. Not judging others for the stress is the key to integration, letting go of that incompleteness – a who-did-what-to-who-and-when narrative —- converts the stress into Drive, a very structured version of flow.

  3. Christiane says:

    thank you for this one.

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Books about Natural Dog Training by Kevin Behan

In Your Dog Is Your Mirror, dog trainer Kevin Behan proposes a radical new model for understanding canine behavior: a dog’s behavior and emotion, indeed its very cognition, are driven by our emotion. The dog doesn’t respond to what the owner thinks, says, or does; it responds to what the owner feels. And in this way, dogs can actually put people back in touch with their own emotions. Behan demonstrates that dogs and humans are connected more profoundly than has ever been imagined — by heart — and that this approach to dog cognition can help us understand many of dogs’ most inscrutable behaviors. This groundbreaking, provocative book opens the door to a whole new understanding between species, and perhaps a whole new understanding of ourselves.
  Natural Dog Training is about how dogs see the world and what this means in regards to training. The first part of this book presents a new theory for the social behavior of canines, featuring the drive to hunt, not the pack instincts, as seminal to canine behavior. The second part reinterprets how dogs actually learn. The third section presents exercises and handling techniques to put this theory into practice with a puppy. The final section sets forth a training program with a special emphasis on coming when called.
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