Humans love dogs more than their fellow man.
Two major studies showed that mankind has more empathy for pooches in dire circumstances than suffering people, according to a report in the Times of London.
A UK medical research charity staged two phony donation campaigns – one with a dog and the other featuring a man. Of course, the pooch drew more contributions.
“Would you give pounds 5 to save Harrison from a slow, painful death?” the separate ads said, featuring a canine and human “Harrison.”
Then a Northeastern University study showed that only a baby human could compete with man’s best friend.
Students were showed fake newspaper clippings about a baseball-bat attack on a puppy, an adult dog, a year-old infant and 30-year-old adult. They were asked questions to gauge their empathy and the adult finished last in sympathy.
“Respondents were significantly less distressed when adult humans were victimized, in comparison with human babies, puppies and adult dogs,” according to Northeastern researchers. “Only relative to the infant victim did the adult dog receive lower scores of empathy.
MDC says medical devices seem to get smaller every year. Think of something as simple as a pacemaker or hearing aid. Like their bretheren PCs, these gadgets that help enhance and extend our lives continue to shrink. Yet the size of a power source to drive the device cannot decrease in size at the same rate.
Like with solar power, what if power for medical devices could be generated by natural means – our bodies? There would truly be no limit as to how small an electronic medical device could get. And therefore replacement surgeries could be a thing of the past. Did you know our bodies maintain fluids in the ear that contain an electrochemical gradient?
A report in Nature Biotechology featured Boston scientists who harnessed power from this liquid in the inner ear of a guinea pig. Using a tiny circuit board implanted into the furry friend’s ear they measured electricity via radio waves. Though only a nano watt every 5 hours, it is a start. It certainly won’t power the world, but the important thing to know is the guinea pigs hearing was not harmed in the entire process – making the experiment a minimally invasive process with no damage.
So yes, perhaps a day will come when our bodies can be used as a power source and decrease the need for replacement surgeries on life saving devices.
MDC asks, Is your life filled with contriviality?
There is no reason to contrive experiences when you are struggling to survive. Contrivance is a luxury for the most part.
Contriving is a trivial pursuit, mostly occurring from boredom.
People who have lives involved in something worth their efforts are gratified to have something to do. The result of their labors propels them forward in lives filled with meaning. Meaning is going to the market and feeding yourself after you have earned it.
Yet there are many who have to contrive experiences to feel that they live. Not everyone gets to have an exciting life. Most of us just want peace. But there are many who feel they are missing something and often contrive an event or circumstance that only creates the illusion of reality.
Love is not Contriviality
Like “indulging”, which as Don Juan, in Carlos Casteneda’s monumental works explains, is a “bad habit”. Contriving existence is equally in bad form. To contrive is to create reality from trivialities.
MDC says, “Don’t live a life of CONTRIVIALITY ”.