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Posted on 15th Sep at 11:56 PM, with 608 notes
stunningpicture:

To the guy who asked what single people have on their fridge

stunningpicture:

To the guy who asked what single people have on their fridge

Posted on 15th Sep at 11:55 PM, with 195 notes
""The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the bottom of the glass God is waiting for you." - Werner Heisenberg"
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Posted on 15th Sep at 11:53 PM, with 3,190 notes
stunningpicture:

Took my dad to see if his first car was still where he left it when its engine seized — 40 years ago. It was.

stunningpicture:

Took my dad to see if his first car was still where he left it when its engine seized — 40 years ago. It was.

Posted on 15th Sep at 11:49 PM, with 126 notes
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Engaging a wild animal in some simple shaping procedure can give you a startling glimpse of what might be called species temperament—of how not only that individual but that species tends to tackle the challenges in its environment. Teaching training to my class of keepers at the National Zoo, I used a number of different species as demonstration animals. I stood on my side of the fence, using a whistle as conditioned reinforcer, and tossing in food; the animals moved about freely on their side. The polar bears turned out to be immensely persistent and dogged. One bear which accidentally got reinforced while sitting still took to offering “sitting still” as a response; slavering hopefully, eyes glued to the trainer, it could sit still for half an hour or more, hoping for reinforcement. It seems possible that in an animal which stalks seals on ice floes for a living, this kind of tenacity and patience has important survival value.

Species temperament shows up in many, many species in a shaping session. When I inadvertently failed to reinforce a hyena, instead of getting mad or quitting, it turned on the charm, sitting down in front of me, grinning and chuckling like a fur-covered Johnny Carson. In shaping a wolf to go around a bush in its yard, I made the same mistake, failing to reinforce it when I should have; the wolf looked over its shoulder, made eye contact with a long, thoughtful stare, then ran on, right around the bush, earning all the kibble I had in my pocket; it had sized up the situation, perhaps deciding that I was still in the game since I was still watching, and it had taken a chance and guessed at what would work.

Sometimes the animals understand reinforcement perfectly. Melanie Bond, in charge of the National Zoo’s great apes, had started reinforcing Ham, the chimpanzee, for various behaviors. One morning he was accumulating his food rather than eating it, with the intention, Melanie supposed, of eating outdoors. When Ham saw that at last Melanie was going over to open the door and let him outside, he knew what to do: He handed her a stalk of celery.

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Don’t Shoot the Dog, Karen Pryor (via unhappyhorses)
Posted on 15th Sep at 9:27 PM

I’m gonna marry Sufjan Stevens if Hayden doesn’t want to.

Posted on 15th Sep at 6:55 PM, with 23,558 notes

shinybeetle:

Basim Magdy, 13 Essential Rules for Understanding the World, 2011

Posted on 15th Sep at 6:55 PM, with 13,489 notes
me in november: ugh christmas decorations shouldn't be up this early the holiday isn't for another two months come the fuck on
me in september: SPOOKY SCARY SKELETONS
Posted on 15th Sep at 6:48 PM, with 16,629 notes

furples:

"THANK HEAVEN FOR DEVON" Nylon March 2002

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