In the previous thread about Paul Graham's article, the alpha male was brought up. My question is, what is an alpha male? What's the cientific definition? How do you differentiate an alpha male from a beta max or VHS one? (sorry about the bad joke).
The concept os 'alpha males' comes from Anthropology.
I saw once this docu about cheetas where some mother had several siblings. Two of them were shy and the others more dominant/exploring types.
Don't be a leader. Don't be a follower. Why can't we try some independent rational thought? There's too many damn hero managers, and way too many wusses who let the great uneducated managers push them around. Have we not evolved beyond our chimpanzee cousins? Alpha male indeed.
Don't be a leader. Don't be a follower. Why can't we try some independent rational thought?
The whole thing about alpha males vs. otherwise is because pop-psychology (a.k.a. self-help books) is built around convincing you that whatever state you are currently in is wrong.
It's about the girls -- you can get all you want when you're the alpha chimp. I was completely ignored in the clubs, then I joined a band and all I did was stand in the corner on stage playing bass and girls literally surrounded me on breaks (apparently standing on an elevated platform in a crowd of people makes you an 'alpha').
But I thought the early bird got the worm and all that?
The Early Cat
And the second mouse gets the cheese.
> not the lead (sled) dog, the view never changes ...
Mr. E. Lurker
You forget that pulling the sled is optional in the first place.
Er that's supposed to be, "playing guitar really really badly..." Got an extra, "really" in the wrong place.
"You forget that pulling the sled is optional in the first place."
OK, if the sled is the country I would agree.
>> "Yeah, I guess maybe some fraction of society can choose not to pull the sled. But I think somebody's got to do it, otherwise we'd all starve eventually.
When I wrote that, I was thinking of the plot of 'Atlas Shrugged' where the productive members of society decide to stop carrying the rest, and everything goes to crap.
That came off way too nice.
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