Robert Sapolsky about his study of the Keekorok baboon troop from National Geographic’s Stress: Portrait of a Killer.
Thiiiiiiis, people, thiiiis!
1. Kill alpha male types
2. Achieve world peace
I’ve actually read a lot of Sapolsky’s work. He’s one of my favorite scientists in the neuro/socio world.
I just watched the documentary and there is so much more about the troop that isn’t in this photoset—not only does the troop have a culture of little aggression and greater cooperation, but any incoming jerk baboons learned within a few months that their shitty behaviour was in no way acceptable, that the troop only rewarded sociability, and they changed accordingly.
If effin’ baboons can learn this there’s pretty much no reason to believe that our only option in dealing with assholes is to just ignore their behaviour and let it continue.
this is awesome.
Bathing suits are not the only things that have gotten smaller in the past fifty years.
All these photos were taken on the same dock after fishing trips in the same waters. The last one was taken by post-doc Loren McClenachan, the rest were compiled by her from the records at Key West’s Monroe County Public Library.
Using the display boards as a size reference (they haven’t changed in half a century), McClenachan was able to accurately plot the shrinking size of the fish.
Read more about big fish stories getting littler — from Robert Krulwich — here.
Designer Thorunn Arnadottir, has created PyroPet, candles that melts from a geometric cat into a ghoulish steel skeleton…(via)