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And knowing everything is an alpha feeling.
by das monde on Mon Jun 16th, 2014 at 10:52:32 AM EST
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It's nice that you've found a hammer, but that's not a nail.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2014 at 10:53:30 AM EST
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No, this discussion is a nail so far.
by das monde on Mon Jun 16th, 2014 at 10:58:02 AM EST
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I think status is a driver for most-to-all humans, but "alpha" is a different thing: it's zero-sum status.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2014 at 10:56:48 AM EST
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Not necessarily. After the World Cup, one nation will feel hugely alpha. The other nations will (very likely) either get over pretty quickly, or will have their own good feelings.

If a joint expedition will land on Mars, won't the whole planet feel alpha?

by das monde on Mon Jun 16th, 2014 at 11:03:15 AM EST
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I'm interpreting "alpha" here as some sort of dominance-over-others feeling, which seems consistent with its normal usage and your argument here. That's not the only source of feelings of status.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2014 at 11:05:47 AM EST
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My interpretation of alpha is broader.
by das monde on Mon Jun 16th, 2014 at 11:59:10 AM EST
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You might want to define it then ...
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Mon Jun 16th, 2014 at 12:06:16 PM EST
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Gathering my want...

Alpha is a leading individual, not necessarily on the whole tribe/society level, but (for example) in some field/domain, or of some group of people.

by das monde on Mon Jun 16th, 2014 at 12:18:03 PM EST
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So it's about perceived extrinsic status?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Jun 17th, 2014 at 04:50:59 AM EST
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It is not necessarily a formal status. (Spelling out bickering will not show the best of us, by the way.)

There is usually a large correlation between internal, external and behavioral status. Incongruence is not appreciated by women.

by das monde on Tue Jun 17th, 2014 at 05:04:16 AM EST
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