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.)
We are always told to use body language in our writing. Sometimes, it’s easier said than written. I decided to create these cheat sheets to help you show a character’s state of mind. Obviously, a character may exhibit a number of these behaviours. For example, he may be shocked and angry, or shocked and happy. Use these combinations as needed.
You guys, this is such a great chart especially for budding writers. Sometimes it’s more effective to show a character being bored or excited or shocked without explicitly saying so.
Where had this been all my life?
This isn’t just useful for writing, this is an absolute lifesaver for people with Asperger’s syndrome and other disorders
I needed this.
IS THIS TRUE????
As an American I can confirm that this is 1776% true. Some places will even fine you for not eating fried chicken for a week
IM AMERICAN AND IVE NEVER EATEN MCDONALDS IM SO SCARED
damn u gonna die son
I AM SCARED I HATE MCDONALD’S AND I AMERICAN …. AM I GOING TO BE KILLED? WILL SOMEONE HIDE ME! IT’S BEEN 3 YEARS SINCE I’VE PUT ONE OF THOSE NASTY ASS BURGERS IN MY MOUTH…
*sign written in random alleys near my house.*
I harbor mcdonalds fugitives. You may call me Sonchez. If you find me you will live. Find me in the center of Bluffton. Yell out the mcdonalds jingle while in town and if I hear you I will approach you and ask for help finding my dog Pablo.
As a secrecy employee of mcdonalds I can make it look like everyone in the house has been eating mcdonalds for centuries. Find your safe haven.
OH GOD OH GOD I WILL FIND YOU. THANK YOU
i like to call this “how much can i make my steve look like fanon cecil before it gets ridiculous”
instead of spending so much time assuring other people that “asexuals can have sex to please their partner” why don’t we spend time assuring asexuals that they are under no obligation to have sex with their partners to please them, and that if their partner cant respect their sexuality, they don’t deserve them.
you know what constantly blew my mind as a child
in movies when a character is looking straight into their reflection in a mirror
how does the camera not show up in the mirror
actually never mind about the whole “as a child” business i still haven’t figured this shit out
hahaha I have an art block….