Modern, western psychology focuses on finding out the “why” of an action. What motivates a person to act or behave in a certain way. I find it slightly odd that people spend so much time trying to figure out why people do the things they do. Are we really that complex that we don’t know what’s going on? often in our own minds?
Here are some things I can ask and they always come up with the same answer.
- Why did my tarantula go into the log to hide?
- Why did my tarantula kill a cricket and eat it?
- Why did my tarantula sit motionless for four hours?
- Why did my tarantula sit in the corner of it’s cage?
- Why did my tarantula lie in the little dip I dug for it?
The answer to all of these questions are “Because it’s a spider,”. That’s what spiders do. Spiders activities fall into pretty much five actions:
- working on aquiring things to eat
- not moving
So, if I ask the question: “Why does a certain person perfer Conns potato chips over Ruffles?” Why can I not answer “Because it’s a human,”?
Let’s back up. Let’s look at the spiders again. First, I’ll bring a quote from the Mothman Prophecies.
John Klein: I think we can assume that these entities are more advanced than us. Why don’t they just come right out and tell us what’s on their minds?
Alexander Leek: You’re more advanced than a cockroach, have you ever tried explaining yourself to one of them?
Our minds are pretty well complex, so should it be so hard to believe that a person who does not intrinsicly know the in’s and out’s of spider minds through long term study can comprehend the activities of a spider? Spiders have simple minds and desires, much like other low level life forms. Higher level life forms are the ones who have problems. A sort of built in Brownian motion generator that spins faster the more complex the creature’s nervous circuitry is. Spiders don’t have a preferance between crickets and super meal worms. Food is food. As beautiful as a web might be, it’s not art. The spider built that web on the basis of two influences: instinct and environmental necessity. Given the same species of spider and the exact same environment, the webbing should be nearly identical, but through environmental differances, webs will be different.
Perhaps, genetic complexity amplifies this to such a larger degree. Isn’t this why twin studies are so popular? We have two incredibly similar genetic specimens, let us see how they differ. Let us see how they are similar.
The only time that a person would say something like “…because it’s Steve,” is when I do something that is unexplainable. Better yet, it’s a polite way of saying “That kid is weird,”
Why did Steve eat three waffles with peanut butter and cheddar and hot sauce? “…because it’s Steve,”