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Everyone has observed how much more dogs are animated when they hunt in a pack, than when they pursue their game apart. We might, perhaps, be at a loss to explain this phenomenon, if we had not experience of a similar in ourselves.
David Hume A Treatise of Human Nature
What strikes me about this quote is how far from the modern observation it is. We have civilized the world around us, moved to the cities, and sit insulated. We can still see and find our natures but not with the same pace and time for observation that David Hume employed. Notice the universal in the first few words, "Everyone has observed...".

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gazehound
Sep. 8th, 2005 12:29 pm (UTC)
well it also doesn't apply to those breeds of dogs who were bred specifically to chase down, catch, and kill their prey from speed alone. They were bred to be able to think independantly and learn from their mistakes - and they do. They absolutely revel in hunting alone, and do it well. (Greyhounds, Salukis, Borzoi, etc)Granted if the prey is difficult, they do better in tiny groups of 2 or 3 but as far as hunting as a pack? They would rather not. Too many variables out of their control ;)

I strongly think that there are a majority of humans who fit the quote but that there are also a small group that are more like sighthounds in nature and temperament...

just an observation from someone who's spent lots of time hunting with her sighthounds... *grin*
philoserf
Sep. 8th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
True. We bread that nature into those dogs. I have seen feral dogs hunt silently in the pack. A thing of beauty when you know they are not hunting you.
medianet
Sep. 8th, 2005 11:18 pm (UTC)
David Hume 1711-1776
Sometimes there is safety in numbers.
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