Some great commentary coming out in the wake of Rand Paul’s floundering attempts to dodge explaining his philosophy. For instance, this from No More Mister Nice Blog: Here’s the thing: segregation at lunch counters didn’t exist because individual privately owned businesses were determining for themselves that they would not serve black people. They relied on […]
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If social dominance in primates is neither stable nor consistent from one form of behavior to another, then perhaps one way to think about it is to consider the possible social functions of dominance. Scientists most often categorize these functions under the headings of leadership, reduction of aggression, and sexual behavior. Dr. Thelma Rowell, an animal behaviorist, argues that neither defense nor decisions about group movements (leadership) correlate with dominance. She also points out that hierarchies appear most clearly in situations fraught with high levels of stress and aggression. Many species establish hierarchical arrangements in captivity although they have none in the wild. Similarly, wild monkeys that live in overcrowded conditions where food is scarce (such as city-dwelling monkeys in India) develop strong dominance relationships, although the same species living in a plentiful environment have none. Hierarchies appear to go hand-in-hand with more aggressive behaviors, especially those associated with a stressful environment.