Posted: Apr 28, 2021 4:05 am
by Spearthrower
Under Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, physiological needs are the most important needs such as the need for WATER. Using his model, if a zebra were attacked by a crocodile, the zebra would keep drinking water until its thirst was fully quenched (because physiological needs such as WATER are its most IMPORTANT immediate need) -- THEN the zebra would defend itself from a current crocodile ATTACK. But that's not what we see in nature. When an animal's immediate survival is threatened, it either RUNS or ATTACKS (flight-or-fight) to protect its immediate SAFETY.



No Dan, you're engaging wholly with a strawman you've made now, but I'm afraid that's just not going to float.

There's no element of 'immediate needs' in Maslow's Hierarchy - you've misunderstood it (at charitable reading).

As I've explained to you many times - the reason the zebra is risking its life at the water's edge is because the need to drink is more basal than the need for safety. The zebra will keep coming back to risk its life and drink. It could watch all its friends and family die to crocodiles in that river, yet it will still come back each and every day to drink there. Why? Because it has to drink to stay alive - and that's basal.

As I've educated you already several times, but it's something you don't appear capable of processing: there is no certainty that the zebra will die from a crocodile attack even if the zebra drinks from a watering hole it knows is chock full of angry crocs, whereas the zebra absolutely, certainly, definitely, unquestionably will die if it doesn't drink water.

This is what Maslow's Hierarchy is about: the primacy of needs.