February 28th, 2009

Ann Vole

Dimorphic species and human society models

Dimorphic species are those where the body has a significantly different design based on the gender. Humans are slightly dimorphic in that males are usually a bit more muscular and often taller. Dimorphism usually has a society-based reason. Dominance of one gender is also related to how the society of that species works. Most transient animals seem to have a male-dominant society based on the expendability of males who may be fighting each other for breeding opportunities. Species that do not move but rather put a lot of effort into the construction of their homes are often female-dominant. This is due to the females fighting with each other over the best homes and defending those homes from others of their own species. Ground squirrels fall into this category of builders of unmovable homes that need to be defended and as such have a female-dominant society and many species have a dimorphism of females being bigger then the males. I am thinking that human society may need to change a bit if we are to put more emphasis on permanent homes with alternate energy and other site-specific efforts that would tie a family down to a specific property. The laws set out in the Bible regarding the Israelite society as was envisioned prior to entering this land of Cannon, seemed to focus on families owning a particular plot of land forever and re-acquiring that land every 7 years no matter what unfortunate events happened between those sabbath years. I am wondering how much society would be changed if something similar were implemented. In ground squirrel societies, the females take (and fight over) the safest homes in the center of the colony while the youngest males build the new homes on the edges and the older males perfect these burrows toward the center, female-only area of the colony. If this were translated into a human society, young guys would be the ones making new homes, older craftsmen would be making the interior details and energy systems and females would be the business people behind the whole community design.