[TROM1] Animal Postulates

Pru Joy 081 at live.com.au
Sun Aug 9 22:26:50 UTC 2009

Thank you for posing this question David - it is giving my brain a bit of a 
workout (which it needs!)

So firstly both examples, the cat & the baby, that Dennis gives are "pro 
survival" the only difference being for the cat it is a "learnt" response & 
for the "baby" it is pure instinct.

A "wild" animal on the other hand has no "learnt" response to behaving in a 
certain way to receive food from a human, so it is also pure instinct that, 
in fact, it may actually see the potential of the human being it's food - ha 
ha! - and have a SD postulate of eating you!  (And I guess his PD would be 
that you "be his food".)

The cat has learnt how to behave to receive food & thus it does have a SD to 
make this known with a PD of you knowing it (his desire to eat).
The baby's instincts tell him he better yell loud if he wants to receive 
attention & so his SD & PD is the same as the cats - so yes, Dennis was 
correct as per my understanding of it.

Maybe Dennis's choice of "stray" cat throws the example "out" a bit - as it 
is quite likely that a stray cat has never learnt how to "behave" around 
humans to receive food & in fact, may actually see them as "anti survival" & 
run like the dickens.

I found this quote a great assistance in sorting this little puzzle out:
"A game, then, can be regarded as a conflict of postulates wherein a being 
endeavors to convince his opponent of his own ( PD ) postulate, while 
resisting the ( PD ) postulate arrayed against him. All games, despite their 
seeming complexity, can be reduced to this basic simplicity and thus 


From: "David Pelly" <dpelly at execulink.com>
Sent: Monday, August 10, 2009 2:54 AM
To: "The Resolution of Mind  list" <trom at lists.newciv.org>
Subject: [TROM1] Animal Postulates

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> Hi All,
> I was just reading  the TROM book and on the chapter on postulates I
> came across the following:
> These are the hidden postulates in life; not because any attempt is
> being made to hide them, but merely because man the materialist cannot
> fit them into his theories about life, and so tends to discount their
> existence. Everyone knows about SD postulates, but few suspect the
> existence of their PD twins at the other end of the comm line. Thus,
> being unknown or generally ignored, they tend to be highly effective.
> For example, how many people can resist a stray cat who wanders in and
> looks at you with his big, pleading eyes? You don’t know it but that
> sudden urge to get him a saucer of milk and a nice warm home is more
> his PD postulate than your SD one! Animals, being entirely natural, and
> not being educated to the contrary, use their PD postulates to the
> full, thus making willing slaves out of us "Oh so much more intelligent
> and rational" humans. Babies too are masters of the PD postulate; they
> have yet to be educated out of their belief in the efficacy of such
> things.
> I am operating on the same data as Dennis  e.i.   question everything.
> So in questioning everything, I question his statement on the animal's
> PD postulate  to have you serve him.
> And "animals being entirely natural and not being educated to the
> contrary....etc.
> My question is: are not all domesticated animals operating on man's
> implanted  postulate  to  "serve man,  and   do what man wants the
> animal to do within the animals means or ability?
> I mean you cannot  easily  get an a wild animal to come to you begging
> for a meal and  a home.
> So is Dennis correct  in that example or not?
> David
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