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skunkbear:

The recent release of “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" reminded me of one of my favorite ape vs. man films – this 1932 video that shows a baby chimpanzee and a baby human undergoing the same basic psychological tests.

Its gets weirder – the human baby (Donald) and the chimpanzee baby (Gua) were both raised as humans by their biological/adopted father Winthrop Niles Kellogg.  Kellogg was a comparative psychologist fascinated by the interplay between nature and nurture, and he devised a fascinating (and questionably ethical) experiment to study it:

Suppose an anthropoid were taken into a typical human family at the day of birth and reared as a child. Suppose he were fed upon a bottle, clothed, washed, bathed, fondled, and given a characteristically human environment; that he were spoken to like the human infant from the moment of parturition; that he had an adopted human mother and an adopted human father.

First, Kellogg had to convince his pregnant wife he wasn’t crazy:

 …the enthusiasm of one of us met with so much resistance from the other that it appeared likely we could never come to an agreement upon whether or not we should even attempt such an undertaking.

She apparently gave in, because Donald and Gua were raised, for nine months, as brother and sister. Much like Caesar in the “Planet of the Apes” movies, Gua developed faster than her “brother,” and often outperformed him in tasks. But she soon hit a cognitive wall, and the experiment came to an end. (Probably for the best, as Donald had begun to speak chimpanzee.)

You can read more about Kellogg’s experiment, its legacy, and public reaction to it here.

(via npr)

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"In a way, you are poetry material. You are full of cloudy subtleties I am willing to spend a lifetime figuring out."
Franz Kafka, Letters to Milena (via kafkaesque-world)

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'Tell me what happens the first time you see a woman naked.'

'The first time you see a woman naked will not be like you imagined. There will be no love, no trust, no intimacy. You won’t even be in the same room as her.

You won’t get to smile as she undresses you and you undress her. You won’t get to calm her nerves with nerves of your own. You won’t get to kiss her, feeling her lips and the edge of her tongue. You won’t get to brush your fingers over the lace of her bra or count her ribs or feel her heartbeat.

The first time you see a woman naked you will be sitting in front of a computer screen watching someone play at intimacy and perform at sex. She will contort her body to please everyone in the room but her. You will watch this woman who is not a woman, pixelated and filtered and customized. She will come ready-made, like an order at a restaurant. The man on the screen will be bigger than you, rougher than you. He will teach you how to talk to her. He will teach you where to put your hands and he will teach you what you’re supposed to like. He will teach you to take what is yours.

You must unlearn this. You must unlearn this twisted sense of love. You must unlearn the definition of pleasure and intimacy you are being taught. Kill this idea of love, this idea of entitlement, this way of scarring one another.’

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today is so incredibly depressing?

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rashaka:

superseventies:

At home with Harrison Ford, 1978 

The only valid reason to time travel is to go back to the 1970’s and bang Harrison Ford. There is no other decent reason.  Fuck historical events! No, fuck Harrison Ford.

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#oh my goodness? 
danieltorresphotos:

Struckout Bridgetown DIY, La Puente, California May 19th, 2014
Flickr | Facebook

danieltorresphotos:

Struckout
Bridgetown DIY, La Puente, California
May 19th, 2014

Flickr | Facebook

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wocgettalkin:

[Image: Facebook post by “Activists around the world for Palestine”.]
URGENT
If anyone is talking to anyone from Gaza tell them to turn their locators and geographic coordinates OFF. Israel is targeting people who are reporting.”
boywonder-sunnah-swag:

ravishingsmiles:

heartlessmatters:

:O

You all better reblog this.
m7madsmiry
Seriously! Signal boost!

wocgettalkin:

[Image: Facebook post by “Activists around the world for Palestine”.]

URGENT

If anyone is talking to anyone from Gaza tell them to turn their locators and geographic coordinates OFF. Israel is targeting people who are reporting.”

boywonder-sunnah-swag:

ravishingsmiles:

heartlessmatters:

:O

You all better reblog this.

m7madsmiry

Seriously! Signal boost!

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