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The Behavioral Sink

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Cabinet and the author regret that a previous version of this article omitted its sources. To readers who are interested in learning more about Calhoun's research, we highly recommend "Escaping the Laboratory: The Rodent Experiments of John B Calhoun and Their Cultural Influence" by Edmund Ramsden and Jon Adams, LSE Department of Economic History, 2008, to which this article is indebted. How do you design a utopia? In 1972, John B. Calhoun detailed the specifications of his Mortality-Inhibiting Environment for Mice: a practical utopia built in the laboratory. Every aspect of Universe 25—as this particular model was called—was pitched to cater for the well-being of its rodent residents and increase their lifespan. Four breeding pairs of mice were moved in on day one. Calhoun’s concern was the problem of abundance: overpopulation. Mouse utopia/dystopia, as designed by John B. But Calhoun’s work was different. So what exactly happened in Universe 25? Wolfe wasn’t alone. John B. John B. Related:  Social PerceptionThinking and Behaviour

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Death By Utopia John B. Calhoun relaxing in Universe 25 In the late 20th Century, John B. Calhoun decided to make Utopia; it started with rats. He bought the second floor of a barn, and there he made his office and lab. 2.7 metres square with 1.4m high walls. Society broke. The outside of Universe 25 The purpose of the experiment for Calhoun was to examine a pressing problem, overpopulation. After day 600, the male mice just stopped defending their territory, listless mice congregated in the centres of the Universe. The ‘beautiful ones’ withdrew themselves ever so quietly, removing themselves from the sick society. In the end the population sank, even when it was back down to a tolerable level none of the mice changed back. Poster for dystopian film Soylent Green In a time where people worried about the dangers of people gathering in cities it confirmed their worst fears. This purpose of the experiments was not to portend some imminent doom for humanity, in fact Calhoun was trying to be positive.

An Ordinary Person's Guide to Overthrowing the Corporate Elites by Chris HedgesThe Occupied Wall Street Journal Robert E. Gamer’s book The Developing Nations contains a chapter entitled “Why Men Do Not Revolt.” In it, Gamer notes that although the oppressed often do revolt, the object of their hostility is misplaced. They vent their fury on a political puppet, someone who masks colonial power, a despised racial or ethnic group or an apostate within their own political class. Gamer and many others who study the nature of colonial rule offer the best insights into the functioning of our corporate state. A change of power does not require the election of a Mitt Romney or a Barack Obama or a Democratic majority in Congress, or an attempt to reform the system or electing progressive candidates, but rather a destruction of corporate domination of the political process—Gamer’s “patron-client” networks. But we must first recognize ourselves as colonial subjects. The danger the corporate state faces does not come from the poor. This is why the Occupy Movement frightens the corporate elite. Malcolm X

Don Hertzfeldt Explores Brain-Uploading in the Oscar-Nominated Sci-Fi Short 'World of Tomorrow' It’s impressive that World of Tomorrow is one of the best films nominated for an Oscar this year given that it’s only 16 minutes long. It’s even more so considering that the movie is almost entirely exposition. Don Hertzfeldt’s animated short, which is now available on Netflix, is a beautifully told tale of sci-fi horror with the feel of a melancholy bedtime story. Its hero is a little girl named Emily who gets a phone call from her future self—sort of: The Emily calling from 227 years ahead is a clone, the third such copy made from a previous Emily and given her memories. Hers is a copy-pasted brain, and she has a long story to unravel. World of Tomorrow is a wonder of ping-ponging dialogue: Clone Emily, in a monotone, describes the dystopian future to “Emily Prime” (voiced by the 4-year-old Winona Mae), who gleefully burbles childish nonsense in response to her future “self.” The idea of copy-pasted brains, of course, lends itself best to more apocalyptic fiction.

Got 'curves' and want to 'flaunt' them? Then learn all from Mail Online | Fashion I have always wanted to flaunt my curves. Do I need to wear a bikini, or will a low-cut dress do? Helen, by email While I – to quote Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie – am very proud of being a woman, I'm not sure if I'm the expert at how to flaunt one's feminine assets, or, indeed, what constitutes said "flaunting". Must one take Nancy Dell'Olio as one's fashion icon, or must one tug one's V-neck down to one's belly button and bellow: "Hey! Look! True, I made, well, perhaps not good use, but use anyway, of Mail Online only a fortnight ago, referring to its drooling obsession with the Victoria's Secret show. But to the oracle I must return once more because what the Washington Post once was to Nixon's corruption, Mail Online is to women flaunting their curves: tireless in its determination to expose such things, fearless in the face of mockery of its myopic and, to sceptical outsiders, decidedly deranged obsession. But don't panic, Helen, or feel overwhelmed.

Weirdness on TV Mass Incarceration and Criminal Justice in America A prison is a trap for catching time. Good reporting appears often about the inner life of the American prison, but the catch is that American prison life is mostly undramatic—the reported stories fail to grab us, because, for the most part, nothing happens. One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich is all you need to know about Ivan Denisovich, because the idea that anyone could live for a minute in such circumstances seems impossible; one day in the life of an American prison means much less, because the force of it is that one day typically stretches out for decades. It isn’t the horror of the time at hand but the unimaginable sameness of the time ahead that makes prisons unendurable for their inmates. That’s why no one who has been inside a prison, if only for a day, can ever forget the feeling. For most privileged, professional people, the experience of confinement is a mere brush, encountered after a kid’s arrest, say.

gawker Last month, Isaac Fitzgerald, the newly hired editor of BuzzFeed's newly created books section, made a remarkable but not entirely surprising announcement: He was not interested in publishing negative book reviews. In place of "the scathing takedown rip," Fitzgerald said, he desired to promote a positive community experience. A community, even one dedicated to positivity, needs an enemy to define itself against. There is more at work here than mere good feelings. The word, as used now, is a fairly recent addition to the language, and it is not always entirely clear what "snark" may be. In her essay, Julavits was grappling with the question of negative book reviewing: Was it fair or necessary? The decade that followed did little to clear up the trouble; if anything, the identification of "snark" gave people a way to avoid thinking very hard about it. But why are nastiness and snideness taken to be features of our age? Stand against snark, and you are standing with everything decent. Mr.

TwistedSifter - The Best of the visual Web, sifted, sorted and summarized Crawley mum: 'It would be fun to be a granny at 27' Crawley mum: 'It would be fun to be a granny at 27' 12:10pm Wednesday 11th July 2012 in News FAMILY: Amy Crowhurst and her children Alfie and Destiny Britain's youngest mother has said she would be happy for her daughter to get pregnant at 12. Amy Crowhurst who got pregnant at the age of 12 said she would be happy if her daughter became pregnant at the same age. Ms Crowhurst, now 22, said: “It’d be fun being a gran at 27.” Amy had Alfie, now nine, in 2003 and Destiny, now seven, four years later when she was 16. She added: “Having sex at 12 is fine if you feel ready and aren’t pressured. “If she (Destiny) had a baby at 12, I know she’d cope and I’d be happy for her. “Having kids young was the smartest thing I ever did. The former Thomas Bennett Community College school pupil lives in a three-bed council house in Crawley and claims benefits. She said: “When I see girls I went to school with having babies now, I’m so glad I got it out of the way. “Plus they’re fat and I’m a size six.

What Makes Countries Rich or Poor? by Jared Diamond Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James A. Robinson Crown, 529 pp., $30.00 The fence that divides the city of Nogales is part of a natural experiment in organizing human societies. North of the fence lies the American city of Nogales, Arizona; south of it lies the Mexican city of Nogales, Sonora. Different economists have different views about the relative importance of the conditions and factors that make countries richer or poorer. The reason that Nogales, Arizona, is much richer than Nogales, Sonora, is simple: it is because of the very different institutions on the two sides of the border, which create very different incentives for the inhabitants of Nogales, Arizona, versus Nogales, Sonora. There is no doubt that good institutions are important in determining a country’s wealth. That cruel reality underlies the tragedy of modern nations, such as Papua New Guinea, whose societies were until recently tribal.