Halley’s Comment on the Alpha Male

Halley’s Comment on the Alpha Male

Halley has a nice posting about a presentation by Professor Frans de Waal which included a discussion about “the alpha male“.

There is nothing remarkable in de Waal’s observations and much of this has been known for a long time. Our question always is: Are there any studies about whether there is any particular advantage to the alpha male himself for seeking to be or being an “alpha male” in any human society in the modern world.

If recollection serves us properly, there was a study once made – we do not recall where we saw or read this – that in a group of man-apes, of which 24 were males and ranked from 1st to 24th in the pecking order, the 22nd-ranked male had the most sexual contacts. Our experiences with the last President indicate that being the “alpha fish” in human society is not a particular advantage for sexual activity and is in fact frowned upon by the group.

Again, if recollection serves, there is also an older study (Sir Francis Galton) which indicates that men of genius ultimately die out for lack of progeny because of sterility. See also here.

The ultimate question seems to be: “alpha” here and there, but what’s it good for in our day and age? Is there really an “alpha” in the true sense, or are these people those who are chosen by the group because they are useful to the group’s needs – but that of course is a completely different way of looking at the so-called “alpha male”.

GovTechNews – Digital Government Awards

GovTechNews has a list of the CDG digital government awards by category and placement from 1st to 5th place, plus finalists as originally found at CDG (Center for Digital Government).

The categories are:

government to government

government to business

government to citizen

Interesting is that CDG state awards in this field do not match the ranking issued by Brown University.

Future Pundit on Short Term and Long Term Gratification

Future Pundit on Short Term and Long Term Gratification

Future Pundit is a blog which covers “Future technological trends and their likely effects on human society, politics and evolution”.

Future Pundit has a recent posting entitled Brain Battles Between Short Term Emotions And Long Term Logic.

The article summarizes the results of recent university studies which have studied the brain’s behavior when dealing with short-term and long-term rewards for behavior.

Do we want it NOW or LATER? It depends.

Al Nye the Lawyer Guy – Book Reviews and More

Al Nye the Lawyer Guy – Book Reviews and More

Al Nye has started a new legal weblog with the catchy title “Al Nye the Lawyer Guy”, which Al writes is the first blawg by a lawyer in Maine. (The Law Pundit’s own fond memory of Maine is the best lobster ever eaten and some superb rounds of golf in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on the Maine border, a border which involves a nice legal issue, still unresolved.)

Nye writes that the blog is “mostly law and technology related items — plus a whole lot more, including book and software reviews” and he includes the special categories of Books, Current Affairs, Sports, Weblogs and Web/Tech.

Nye’s blog stands out for the already numerous book reviews on his site, which are not limited to law alone.

We thought we would list those books already reviewed, even though the blog only started this October. As Al writes:

“If you look at the sidebar, you’ll notice lots of books that I’ve reviewed. Some of them are a year or two old now — but since the book industry published about a gazillion books each year, there may be some gems that you missed.

I’ll be publishing reviews of more recent books in the coming days and weeks — including The Shadow of Justice by Milton Hirsch, a lawyer in Miami. This is the first work of fiction ever published by the American Bar Association.”


2. THE LAWYER’S GUIDE TO MARKETING ON THE INTERNET, 2nd ed. by Gregory H. Siskind, Deborah McMurray and Richard P. Klau (West Group)

3. COLLECTING YOUR FEE – Getting Paid from Intake to Invoice by Edward Poll (ABA)

4. Attorney and Law Firm Guide to THE BUSINESS OF LAW, 2nd by Edward Poll (ABA)

5. HOW TO START & BUILD A LAW PRACTICE Platinum 5th Edition by Jay G. Foonberg (ABA)

6. THE DIVORCE TRIAL MANUAL by Lynne Z. Gold-Bikin and Stephen Kolodny (ABA)

7. UP COUNTRY by Nelson Demille (Warner Books)

8. THE KING OF TORTS by John Grisham (Doubleday)

9. BAD MEN by John Connolly (Atria Books)

10. ERAGON Inheritance Book One by Christopher Paolini (Alfred A. Knopf)

11. THE RULE OF LAWYERS How The New Litigation Elite Threatens America’s Rule of Law

by Walter K. Olson (St. Martin’s Press)

12. LINCOLN’S VIRTURES An Ethical Biography by William Lee Miller (Alfred A. Knopf)

13. PRETTY DEAD by Gerry Boyle (Berkley Publishing Group)

14. HOME BODY by Gerry Boyle (Berkley Publishing Group)

15. MISSION FLATS by William Landay (Delacourt Press)

16. REVERSIBLE ERRORS by Scott Turow (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

17. DEAD LINE by Brian McGrory (Atria Books)

18. PARANOIA by Joseph Finder (St. Martin’s Press)

19. TAMPA BURN by Randy Wayne White (G. P. Putnam’s Sons)

Cross-posted to LiteraryPundit.