Sentences to ponder

by on March 20, 2014 at 2:40 pm in Uncategorized | Permalink

She discovered that dogs were more likely to yawn after hearing the yawn of a familiar human than of an unfamiliar human.

There is more here, and I thank Vic Sarjoo, a loyal MR reader.

1 R Richard Schweitzer March 20, 2014 at 3:11 pm

And thus is human knowledge and well-being advanced.

2 John Mansfield March 20, 2014 at 3:28 pm

Familiarity breeds contempt.

3 anon March 20, 2014 at 4:14 pm

ZMP research

4 tt March 20, 2014 at 10:35 pm


5 chuck martel March 20, 2014 at 4:20 pm

“Studying Contagious Yawning Might Help Us Build Better Societies”

That implies that societies are built, by us. I haven’t been doing my share unless commenting on this blog counts. I’ll yawn in front of the dog for awhile.

6 Jimbino March 20, 2014 at 6:14 pm

The best thing is that dogs around the world run off when I bend down and pretend to pick up a rock.

The second-best thing is that our Korean, Chinese and Hawaiian neighbors enjoy dog meat as an appetizer or even a meal.

7 Chris S March 20, 2014 at 7:52 pm

And we eat pigs, who are reputedly smarter but missed the cute genes.

I used to think we domesticated dogs. Now I believe dogs saw a good deal living with us – warmth, scraps, protection – and colonized our societies.

8 Axa March 20, 2014 at 9:45 pm

Pigs are cute! Problem is they’re more delicious than cute.

9 Rahul March 21, 2014 at 3:20 am

How do we know dogs aren’t delicious? Ever try one? 🙂

10 jmo March 20, 2014 at 6:46 pm

I guess the Vernal Equinox has drawn the trolls out form under their bridges.

11 Marian Kechlibar March 21, 2014 at 12:31 pm

I think that the Ig Nobel Prize has found its future laureate. (

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