Where We’re Going Wrong…

So, I’ve had some time to think this weekend, and I think I know where we’re going wrong when talking about dog packs and/or dominance:

Theory:

a coherent group of tested general propositions, commonly regarded as correct, that can be used as principles of explanation and prediction for a class of phenomena: Einstein’s theory of relativity. Synonyms: principle, law, doctrine.
Hypothesis:

A tentative explanation for an observation, phenomenon, or scientific problem that can be tested by further investigation.
So you see – when talking about the now dis-proven dominance/pack dog training ideas, we shouldn’t be calling them theories, because they’re not; they’re hypotheses.
Learning theory, on the other hand, is a theory.

 

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2 thoughts on “Where We’re Going Wrong…

  1. That would be under the condition that dominance is testable – that we can read what the dog is thinking inside their heads and determine, “I want to be the leader. These are my motivations.”
    Would have to be a zinger of a hypothesis to figure that out. Maybe one day someone will come up with a clever idea or new brain scan. Without a testable hypothesis, perhaps dominance notion is even more appropriate.

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