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Deep thoughts from a squirrel monkey

  1. Nov 10, 2008 #1

    jtbell

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    I was updating one of our bulletin boards (the kind that you attach paper things to with thumbtacks, not the online kind) and found a New York Times article that I stuck up there a year and a half ago. It had to do with studies of consciousness in animals, and was illustrated with some pictures of experimental animals with humorous cartoon-style "thought balloons." Here's my favorite:

     
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  3. Nov 10, 2008 #2
    I don't get it. Can someone explain to in a "I have very little biology/psychology knowledge" kind of way?
     
  4. Nov 10, 2008 #3

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    That the lab rat fully understands the psychology experiements that it is in and just regards them as part of the price to pay for living in a lab. ie The test subject is smarter than the person doing the experiment.

    There's a similair joke in HitchHikers when it's explained to the human that lab mice were running the earth and people were just part of their experiment.
     
  5. Nov 10, 2008 #4

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    The part that resonated with me was the last sentence. :biggrin:
     
  6. Nov 10, 2008 #5
    the lab can't be any worse than a cubicle
     
  7. Nov 10, 2008 #6

    mgb_phys

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    It's better - I just have to press this little button with my nose and food comes out.
    And there are no TPS reports, email or PowerPoint!
     
  8. Nov 10, 2008 #7
    We need to talk. I heard you were having problems with your TPS reports.
     
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