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Tue May 22, 2012, 01:20 PM

 

There is Hope for Conservatives (Rats Display Altruism...)

University of Chicago neuroscientist Peggy Mason and psychologists Inbal Ben-Ami Bartal and Jean Decety placed pairs of rats in pens. One rat was caged in the middle of the pen, whereas the other was free to run around. In this experi­ment, 23 of 30 rats liberated their peers by head butting the cage door or leaning against the door until it tipped over.


To actually test the rodents’ selflessness, Mason placed rats in pens with two cages: in one was another rat; in the other was a pile of chocolate chips. The unhindered rats could easily have eaten the chocolate themselves. Instead most of the rodents opened both cages and shared the sweets. “In rat land, that is big,” Mason says. This is the first study to show altruistic behavior in rodents.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=will-you-rat-me-out

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Reply There is Hope for Conservatives (Rats Display Altruism...) (Original post)
FedUp_Queer May 2012 OP
denverbill May 2012 #1
meow2u3 May 2012 #2
Enrique May 2012 #3
FedUp_Queer May 2012 #4
Odin2005 May 2012 #7
FedUp_Queer May 2012 #8
Odin2005 May 2012 #9
FedUp_Queer Jun 2012 #11
monmouth May 2012 #5
Odin2005 May 2012 #6
n2doc May 2012 #10

Response to FedUp_Queer (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:23 PM

1. You overestimate the humanity of conservatives.

Many conservatives I know would grab the chocolate chips and sit on the other cage and eat them all just to further torture the other person. They'd eat every chocolate chip even if it made them sick just to deny chocolate to someone else.

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Response to FedUp_Queer (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:27 PM

2. Conservatives aren't rats--they're snakes

Snakes are cold-blooded and selfish; so are conservatives.

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Response to FedUp_Queer (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:30 PM

3. now try it with honey badgers

maybe honey badger does care?

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Response to FedUp_Queer (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:34 PM

4. Can I help I'm trying to find SOME goodness there?

 

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Response to FedUp_Queer (Reply #4)

Tue May 22, 2012, 08:52 PM

7. I don't get why people think mice and rats are repulsive.

I find them cute. heck, I find most rodents to be cute for some reason

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #7)

Wed May 23, 2012, 07:05 PM

8. You ever had one crawl over your feet in the subway?

 

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Response to FedUp_Queer (Reply #8)

Wed May 23, 2012, 07:53 PM

9. I've never been in a subway.

I'm a working class stiff from the sticks, I don't have the money to travel, so sue me.

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Response to Odin2005 (Reply #9)

Fri Jun 15, 2012, 01:12 AM

11. Oh, puh-leeze.

 

Don't play the class card with me. Subways are not "travel." I take the subway to work...as a working stiff. Your travel to work certainly costs more than my subway trips.

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Response to FedUp_Queer (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:47 PM

5. Chocolate chips you say?...n/t

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Response to FedUp_Queer (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 08:49 PM

6. Stuff like this is why I have faith in Humanity.

If other species can show such behavior in a cruel, Darwinian world then so can we.

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Response to FedUp_Queer (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 08:59 PM

10. Rats (pet ones) are wonderful creatures

And wild ones have their place in the food chain. Which is more than I can say about most conservatives.....

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