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People with too little to do worry about “privilege” in the animal world

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Is it possible that a cavalcade of nonsense is now rounding on itself, increasing speed, and nearing collapse in a vortex?: From the New York Times “Researchers say the human concepts of intergenerational wealth and inequality are useful for studying some animals’ behavior.”

The Babylon Bee could go out of business if this continues.

From the Washington Free Beacon

Scientists, the experts we rely on to tell us how to live our lives, have been studying privilege and inequality among squirrels and other animals, according to the New York Times.

It all began as a conversation among behavioral ecologists at UCLA: “They saw how COVID-19 was highlighting health disparities and other inequalities around the world,” the Times reports. “The scientists began to wonder if they could learn more about inequality by studying it in animals.”

The experts began searching for examples in the animal kingdom of human concepts such as privilege, inequality, and intergenerational wealth. “When we started looking for it, we found lots and lots of examples,” Dr. Jennifer Smith told the Times. “To see this across so many different species was quite surprising. And we’re just touching the surface.”

Andrew Stiles, “NYT: Scientists Studying Privilege, Inequality in Animal Kingdom” at Washington Free Beacon (January 17, 2022)

The paper is open access.

Any idea where the crazy will end before it collapses? Has anyone looked into “privilege” among electrons?

PS: Anyone else ever tried breaking up a fight among tomcats? That individual would get a chance to see how much “privilege” amounts to in the animal world. (A bucket of warm water is, by the way, a great equalizer.)

2 Replies to “People with too little to do worry about “privilege” in the animal world

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    polistra says:

    Scientists seek status and privilege by “working” on the most fashionable and grantable subjects. They should be worrying about the inequalities of tenure instead of studying squirrels.

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    Fasteddious says:

    The first line, “Scientists, the experts we rely on to tell us how to live our lives, …”, say what?
    Do any UD readers rely on scientists to tell you how to live? I certainly do not. Indeed, one of the many things science cannot do is tell us how we should live and what we should do each day.
    Of course “science” can provide information that may influence some of our decisions, but there isn’t (or had better not be) any true scientific theory that tells people how they should live their lives.
    Given that first line, I did not even bother to read the rest!

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