Skip to content
Do you have adblock enabled?
 
If you can read this, either the style sheet didn't load or you have an older browser that doesn't support style sheets. Try clearing your browser cache and refreshing the page.

(Science Magazine)   "The tamer the cow, the smaller the brain." This is and is not a metaphor for, well, pretty much everything these days   (sciencemag.org) divider line
    More: Followup, Cattle, cattle breeds, wild boar, smaller brains, domesticated animals, paleontologist Ana Balcarcel of the University of Zurich, Livestock, different breeds  
•       •       •

162 clicks; posted to STEM » on 09 Jun 2021 at 10:06 AM (7 days ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



7 Comments     (+0 »)
View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest
 
2021-06-09 9:22:25 AM  
Could this explain GQP followers?
 
2021-06-09 9:41:02 AM  

Merltech: Could this explain GQP followers?


No.

Cows aren't that stupid.
 
2021-06-09 10:25:14 AM  
This seems pretty obvious, and was basically the working theory of several people I've known who grew up on farms: We deliberately breed farm animals for stupidity. The smart cows and pigs and sheep are the ones that try to figure out how to get at all the good grass and roots outside the pasture and either get loose or get their heads caught in the fence or something. When it's time for the farmer to pick an animal for the church barbecue, they're probably going to hold a grudge against the one that makes trouble and forces them to wrestle its muddy ass back into the pen every few days.

After a few thousand years of this, farm animals are now pretty dumb, but have nicely marbled flanks.
 
2021-06-09 11:25:06 AM  
i.pinimg.comView Full Size
 
2021-06-09 12:16:10 PM  
If we are applying this to humxns then that means only the most violent and willing to burn down the system are large brained.  Anybody who isn't willing to flip off at the drop of a hat and start murdering people is a small brain tamed meat humxn.

Everybody!  Show us that you are a large brain genius and start burning the whole mother farking system to the ground!  Purge time, baby!

If you obey the laws and pay taxes you are a small brained cow going to slaughter.  Moooooooooooooo!  Keep providing resources for your masters to eat off of.
 
6 days ago  
If you can't fool all the people all the time, breed them for stupidity.
 
6 days ago  

Martian_Astronomer: This seems pretty obvious, and was basically the working theory of several people I've known who grew up on farms: We deliberately breed farm animals for stupidity. The smart cows and pigs and sheep are the ones that try to figure out how to get at all the good grass and roots outside the pasture and either get loose or get their heads caught in the fence or something. When it's time for the farmer to pick an animal for the church barbecue, they're probably going to hold a grudge against the one that makes trouble and forces them to wrestle its muddy ass back into the pen every few days.

After a few thousand years of this, farm animals are now pretty dumb, but have nicely marbled flanks.


It's not just that. Domestic animals don't have to forage for food or evade predators to nearly the same extent that wild ones do, and brains are metabolically expensive. Stupidity just comes naturally.
 
Displayed 7 of 7 comments

View Voting Results: Smartest and Funniest

This thread is closed to new comments.

Continue Farking




On Twitter


  1. Links are submitted by members of the Fark community.

  2. When community members submit a link, they also write a custom headline for the story.

  3. Other Farkers comment on the links. This is the number of comments. Click here to read them.

  4. Click here to submit a link.