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Weekend update: *This* is what scientific *dis*sensus looks like...

The two scientists depicted in this photograph are researchers in the culturally divisive "cats or birds?" field, & they are performing a so-called adversarial collaboration.


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Reader Comments (3)

Robotics can displace cats too!

More significantly, money can lubricate media news selection, and displace the need for further research work into motivated reasoning. If you are motivated enough to put time and money into making something appear to be true, then, by Golly-Google, it is!

My money is on birds.

December 18, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGaythia Weis

@Gaythia-- yes, the birds have formed a very effective lobby to pressure Congress & state legislatures on all manner of issue (wind farms being an obvious example). Cats are horrible at organizing themselves to pursue collective goods, & so are at a real disadvantage in this sort of thing

December 19, 2016 | Registered CommenterDan Kahan

Birds are notoriously susceptible to flocking. Sometimes this taps into the reputed safety and wisdom of crowds, other times not so much: Dogs are known to be intelligent, but also prone to falling under the control of a strong leader and running in packs. Cats may be on to something.

[This could be why Ann Richards, TC, was so keen on helping to found and inspire a cultural cognition project for humans. My condolences.]

December 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterGaythia Weis

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