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The Arabian babbler is a small brown bird found in the arid brush of the Sinai Desert and the Arabian Peninsula.
It lives in small groups of 3-20 members, defending a small territory of trees and shrubs that provide much-needed safety from predators.
Babblers don’t just passiv...
Dominant individuals expect deference from others and treat it as their natural right. Prestigious individuals, on the other hand, often make an elaborate show of humility when accepting the deference of others.
Performers bow as they're being applauded. Oscar-winners pr...
The clearest non-human analogue to social status is the dominance hierarchy found in many other social species including fish and insects.
Sometimes these hierarchies are linear: alpha dominates beta, beta dominates gamma, and so on, as in the "pecking order" among chickens.
To understand dominance, we need to focus on high-status behaviours. To understand prestige, however, we must understand the low-status behaviour.
There are two main instincts/behaviours that make up the prestige system:
On the high-status side, we have prestige-seeking: striving...
In seeking to understand particular forms of human behaviour, especially social behaviour, it often pays to look for analogues elsewhere in the animal kingdom.
Humans are capable of a seemingly infinite variety of individual behaviours, but our patterns of behaviour are constrained by the l...
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