Rattling the Competitive Cage – Rich Horwath

Feel like you ‘re trapped in a cage with your competitors? Too close for comfort? Clawing at each other day in and day out? Inevitable? Hardly. But you’re not alone.

In 1934, Moscow University professor G. F. Gause published the results of a landmark study. He placed small animals in a bottle with an ample amount of food. If the animals were of the same genus and a different species, they were able to live together peaceably. However, if the animals were of the same genus and the same species, they were not able to coexist (sound familiar?) This led to the Principle of Competitive Exclusion, which states that no two species can coexist that make their living in the identical way. Continue reading