Science of the Alpha

It’s long been a  theory of the primordial theory that the alpha dog always prevails because of their physical prowess and superb fitness (reproductive fitness in this sense). How does that translate to modern society? We see macho men and “alpha males” with their gym fanaticism and obnoxious instinctual tendencies to fight all the time, but is there science to suggest this makes them more “fit”? Well this article tackles that specific question citing the African cichlid fish as an example. The female fish’s brain will fire up when it’s chosen a mate. However, if the mate loses a fight later on then that same part of the female brain that fires will fire a signal of anxiety. This anxiety is enough concern for the female to find a new mate. It’s suggested that due to evolutionary roots this same phenomenon might exist in humans as well. So losing a fight means your girl is biologically more likely to become anxious about her choice in a mate…right? Not necessarily. Just because we share common reflexes with all vertebrates does not mean we haven’t evolved considerably more than the African cichlid fish. Still, it’s interesting to ponder.

Does a primitive part of our brains make us less interested in mates who lose fights?.

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About twogirlsonestone

I'm a graduate of Saint Lawrence University where I got my degree in Global Studies major with a focus on European and Islamic Studies. I'm particularly interested in Muslim immigration in Europe. I use this blog when I'm bored or if I find a lot something interesting. I spend an inordinate amount of time online and thought it's time to post a collection of my favorites for friends to view.
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