Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Interesting for the behavior of top predators in the food chain we call earth.
But pleast note that first, I am totally with Saban on Israel. Second, it seems to me he made his money honestly. Still, billionaires make me think of predators for some reason.
I have been interested for a long time in predation and how some model or other of predation might be applied to, for want of a better term, law and economics. I think a lot of human behavior is more or less predatory (I don't mean this as a criticism). And yet, most analysis of law concentrates on voluntary exchange. And what legal thought you see that contemplates predatory behavior is just progressive blah blah, relying on such vacuous concepts as inequality of bargaining power. Ecologists who think about predation are interested mostly it seems in the often extraordinarily complex dynamics of ecologies that contain predator and prey populations. I am more interested in, for example, behaviors that are characteristic of predation, such as (I suppose) stalking, identifying likely prey, and so on. But I have not been able to find any theoretical treatment of predation of the sort I could borrow from and apply to the stuff I am interested in, such as perhaps commercial law topics. Frustrating. I have tried talking to anthropologists about this, but they don't seem to know what I am talking about and I am probably not very good at explaining it. But surely there must be classes of behaviors that are characteristic of predators across species and ecosystems. Just watch Animal Planet if you don't believe me!