March 27, 2012

Little pinkos

Whilst reading Simon Baron-Cohen's (yes, that would be Sacha's cousin) recent book, The Science of Evil: On Empathy and the Origins of Cruelty, I came across an interesting discussion of rhesus monkeys. He notes that in the 1960s primatologists found that

those who were trained to pull a chain to get food refused to do so if pulling the chain also meant another monkey was given an electric shock. It was as if they refused to profit at the expense of another monkey's pain. 

I guess by the political standards of the American right, that would make them freedom hating socialists.

SPEAKING OF THE RIGHT, here's a look at Ayn Rand nation.


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