A one-time school project gone terribly, terribly wrong.

25 April 2009

QOTD #52: "Are you a man or a mouse?" "What's the difference?"

From the CBC's Quirks and Quarks science program. Which is under double threat: First, it's a CBC production, and since PM Harpo hates the CBC their funding's been jeopardized by ferocious budget cuts. Secondly, it's about science. And it's hard to find anything the Reform--Sorry, I mean Alliance--Nope, sorry, wrong again ... Conservative Party of Canada hates more than science.

How much so? PM Harper once referred to global warming as "a socialist plot." He's fired the Science Advisor and replaced the position with a panel of industry wonks. His Minister for Science is a chiropractor who doesn't believe in evolution.

So when Conservatives refer to the "cutting edge," they mean flint.

Anyway, today's quote:
So it suggests that humans, at least the young males we've studied thus far ... the brain responds to events, like aggression, or sex, in a way that's not much different from the mouse brain.
Find the whole broadcast here.

In context: Researchers took young dudes and showed them three films: One contained footage of a hockey fight. One contained images of a computer performing some task, and one contained footage of scantily clad young ladies (another strike in the eyes of the Harperites--they disapprove of scantily clad young ladies. At least publicly-funded ones).

So what Metro wants to know is: Where can I sign up to be a lab mouse? Think about it: One-third hockey, one-third boring computer stuff, one-third scantily-clad young ladies ...

Just like my life, with more of the good stuff.

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At 7:36 p.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Chiropractic Picanthropii. What a great choice as a science minister. Sometime soon there is a chance that your Government will discover fire. Or the wheel.

At 8:26 p.m., Blogger Metro said...

I hate to think what they'd do with fire. But they've already got the wheel: It was invented to boost the then-flagging Alberta oil economy.

Heh--WV = "ratiest"

At 1:04 a.m., Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am wondering where they got mice that would respond to a hockey fight on tv?

At 7:23 a.m., Anonymous G Eagle Esq said...

Here in Derbyshire, one is perplexed by the Word :


In some Villages, it means "Cat"

In nearby Villages, it means "Mouse"

Not many of those unFortunate to live outside Derbyshire ("the Best of Counties" per Jane Austen) know that

wv = psimon - is that Greek

At 5:01 a.m., Blogger Metro said...

Actually, it's immoral to expose lab mice to gratuitous hockey violence, so they used Toronto fans instead.

@Herr Eagle:
Puzzling indeed. Perhaps it is a WV-related plot?

At 9:52 p.m., Blogger Joshua said...

I'm at least partially enjoying the irony. For too long, sane citizens of the US have had to look up North to see a beacon of rationality. Now we have the (marginally) pro-science people and you need to deal with the crazies. And if we consider things simply based on how far north one is, you guys have Palin too now.

At 12:32 p.m., Blogger Metro said...

No, no, Joshua--You can keep Mrs Palin. The loss of the panhandle was a small price to pay, really.


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