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Great article below about slime mold and its capacity to time its actions, navigate a maze, retain a record of where it’s been, all of which happens without a nervous system.

So in my view an overarching template composed from the basic energetic principles of nature, organize its behavior to be in correspondence with local conditions. We shouldn’t view the slime mold as an entity separate from its surroundings. External variables and processes of change are factored into its physiology and it evolves (rather than learns) to maintain its flow configuration in accord with the Constructal law. Complex behavior in dogs likewise reflects how the emotional climate they find themselves in, is factored out by their physiology as well as their neurology so that their behavior also evolves a flow configuration in accord with the Constructal law.

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Published November 20, 2012 by Kevin Behan
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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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