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2005-11-29 11:34:08 PM  
This suggests differences in voice tones are not caused by genes, Masataka said, adding the results "may lead to a clue to the origin of human language.

Evolutionism is the tinfoil hat atheists wear to keep God out of their brainwaves.
 
2005-11-30 12:00:40 AM  
Bevets: Evolutionism is the tinfoil hat atheists wear to keep God out of their brainwaves.

Wow! Right out of the friggin' gate!
 
2005-11-30 12:23:50 AM  
Once scientists discover monkeys discriminate against other monkeys who "talk funny", then we'll know for sure that's where we came from.
 
2005-11-30 12:48:30 AM  
Hot damn! Bevets summoned himself!

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2005-11-30 01:18:20 AM  
Can you imagine these researchers at the big science-guy conference? A bunch of stuffy scientists in lab coats and the annual meeting, mingling, maybe with a cocktail in their hands.

"So... It's Peter? Right. Peter, what do you do?"
"We're on the verge of a major breakthrough in cancer prevention. We've isolated the gene that is the most consistant predictor of breast cancer in women and are testing a drug that would prevent breast cancer in those women 85% of the time."
"Wow. That's terrific."
"We're very excited. This is going to be a major advance. So, what is it you study?"
"Monkey accents."
 
2005-11-30 01:46:20 AM  
Actually Bevets, evolution was one of the main factors that caused me to abandon my faith, not something I later adapted because i lost faith.

/the unrealistic life rules did too
//oh, and actually reading the bible and realizing how ridiculous it is
 
2005-11-30 01:46:56 AM  
I was all ready to post something sarcastic about how this was proof of "intelligent design" but Bevets was already the first farker in here! Using his canned reply he posts in every evolution thread. Hooray.

But anyway, this is a pretty interesting discovery.

/hoping "the *f*i*r*s*t* farker" won't convert to the dreaded boobies
 
2005-11-30 01:47:31 AM  
I would definitely hit those Prehistoric Monkey Women ...
 
2005-11-30 01:50:58 AM  
I say we burn them all before they turn on us... all of them!!
 
2005-11-30 01:51:01 AM  
Ooh ooh ooh la ooh
 
2005-11-30 01:51:06 AM  
Nookular
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2005-11-30 01:56:51 AM  
Evolutionism is the tinfoil hat atheists wear to keep God out of their brainwaves.

Let's see how long this lasts:

O RLY Medley (Almost 1mb in size)
 
2005-11-30 01:57:58 AM  
I heard that Mr. Myagi died. whats up with that? is that true
 
2005-11-30 01:58:06 AM  
I call bullshiat.

Higher frequencies are not any easier to hear than lower frequencies when there are obstacles in between.

/someone's full of shiat
 
2005-11-30 01:58:39 AM  
Bevets: "Evolutionism is the tinfoil hat atheists wear to keep God out of their brainwaves."

God is capable of using evolution as a tool of nature. To deny this is to assert a knowledge of the mind of God.
 
2005-11-30 01:59:57 AM  
dsider: someone's full of shiat

now that I think about it, it's probably the dumb ass reporter who couldn't grasp the technical explanation.
 
2005-11-30 02:01:41 AM  
Over in the UK we discovered this a few years ago courtesy of Johnny Vegas and NTL.

This looks like a good day on Fark. It's 7 am and here we have a creation vs evolution thing brewing and elsewhere there's a football vs armour plated wankball thing starting.

/Rodney King, Rodney King, Rodney King
//Watched Airheads last night.
\\\Ooh, a reverse slash set. How modern...
 
2005-11-30 02:03:55 AM  
larrynightmarehotmail.com

nuclear
 
2005-11-30 02:04:05 AM  
megapaw: Bevets: "Evolutionism is the tinfoil hat atheists wear to keep God out of their brainwaves."

God is capable of using evolution as a tool of nature. To deny this is to assert a knowledge of the mind of God.



Wow Bevets was just pwned on his own turf.
 
2005-11-30 02:04:16 AM  
I think the correct term is "Southerners"
 
2005-11-30 02:06:31 AM  
G'day pri-mate.
 
2005-11-30 02:23:57 AM  
Thanks krode

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2005-11-30 02:25:21 AM  
Bevets

You need some new material, steve. That line is getting stale.

/going to bed, will have to miss out on a possible flamewar.
 
2005-11-30 02:25:28 AM  
It is just like man's vanity and impertinence to call an animal dumb because it is dumb to his dull perceptions.
Mark Twain
 
2005-11-30 02:26:22 AM  
you obviously didn't read the Usage Note on the pronouciation. Or my post would have made sense.

/i get better parking
 
2005-11-30 02:26:41 AM  
Did anyone else read that as "Scientologists discover that monkeys have accents?"
 
2005-11-30 02:27:05 AM  
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2005-11-30 02:27:54 AM  
Aussie trifecta is in play...
 
2005-11-30 02:30:02 AM  
I take it back then...

Usage Note: The pronunciation (nky-lr), which is generally considered incorrect, is an example of how a familiar phonological pattern can influence an unfamiliar one. The usual pronunciation of the final two syllables of this word is (-kl-r), but this sequence of sounds is rare in English. Much more common is the similar sequence (-ky-lr), which occurs in words like particular, circular, spectacular, and in many scientific words like molecular, ocular, and vascular.
 
2005-11-30 02:30:39 AM  
Not_Enginerd: God is capable of using evolution as a tool of nature. To deny this is to assert a knowledge of the mind of God.

Wow Bevets was just pwned on his own turf.



unfortunately, not really. Megapaw's assertion is also an assertion of knowledge of the mind of god. At best, he an d Bevets are in the same boat.
 
2005-11-30 02:31:52 AM  
Oh rry?

But can dey fry?
 
2005-11-30 02:36:58 AM  
unfortunately, not really. Megapaw's assertion is also an assertion of knowledge of the mind of god. At best, he an d Bevets are in the same boat.

...but thats not as bad as the people who speak FOR God

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2005-11-30 02:36:59 AM  
The result showed that the island group had a tone about 110 hertz higher on average than the one taken to central Japan.

Monkeys on Yakushima Island have an accent with a higher tone because tall trees on the island tend to block their voice, Masataka said.

"On the other hand, monkeys on Mount Ohira do not have to gibber with a high tone as trees there are low," he said. "Each group adopted their own accent depending upon their environment."


Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't higher frequency sounds much more directional than the lower frequencies?

If I AM wrong that means my speaker position for my DTS system is totally farked.
 
2005-11-30 02:37:45 AM  
This is old news! We've known for years that cheese-eating-surrender-monkeys always speak with a French accent!

*Doesn't really hate the French, but anything for a joke.*
 
2005-11-30 02:44:30 AM  
I think Bevets was just teasing us. I mean, he didn't quote the Bible this time.
 
2005-11-30 02:47:52 AM  
Well DUH. Everyone knows monkeys speak with a British accent.
 
2005-11-30 02:48:19 AM  
This seems kinda silly to be calling a break through. Years ago I remember hearing that pigeons and other animals that live in urban areas squawk (or make whatever noise they do) louder than in rural areas in order to rise above the greater background noise. This is essentially the same thing.

Newsflash: Animals adapt to their environment. Calling this a phenomenon an "accent" is like calling the different colored fur among animals of different regions "fashion sense."
 
2005-11-30 02:49:06 AM  
All flame wars and snarking aside, this is pretty fascinating, and just another bit of proof that humans are not that different than animals -- other than the thumbs and technology thing.

I remember a teacher in elementary school saying that the definition of human was "The only animal to use a tool to make another tool." And then, in middle school, watching this idea blown out of the water when they discovered (IIRC) chimps that used a tool to make a tool. And they've found birds that use tools, etc. Top that off with the discovery that dolphins have a complex language, that parrots aren't just repeating things, and actually use language, and so on and so forth.

I also remember reading somewhere online (too lazy to look it up right now) that they'd previously determined that birds of the same species from different areas have entirely different "dialects" as well, with songs that were completely incompatible.

I've also got two dogs of different breeds, who have very different bark patterns; for example, one of them uses odd numbers of barks for human threats (delivery trucks, mostly), and even numbers when another dog goes by. The other one sticks to patterns of two barks, only altering her tone. I've been paying attention to the patterns, so that I can tell what the older one is barking at strictly by the number, rhythm and pitch of barks. Hell, some day, I may even be smart enough to understand her without a Bowlingual on her collar...

Anyway... this is all the long way around of me saying that humans and animals really aren't that different. Sure, we may be the only animal to use written/symbolic communication. Maybe... And we may have made it to the top of the food chain -- but we can't discount the fact that quite a large number of animals out there are just as sentient and intelligent as we are.

/waiting for the day that a scientest catches a monkey using the phrase "white trash" to refer to a different colony.
//thinks that dogs are actually the smart ones -- they figured out how to get us to do all the work for them.
///dolphins would never need to use slashies.
////but pigs would.
//no, don't... that would just be obvious.
 
2005-11-30 02:51:46 AM  
Newsflash: Animals adapt to their environment. Calling this a phenomenon an "accent" is like calling the different colored fur among animals of different regions "fashion sense."

I thought badgers were Newcastle Utd fans...
 
2005-11-30 02:51:51 AM  
It's too bad that replying to the Bevets script (I'm half convinced that's what he... it.. is) is useless. I've never seen him come into a thread more than once.

/But hey, somebody should post the "summon Bevets" card anyways
 
2005-11-30 02:56:02 AM  
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2005-11-30 03:00:49 AM  
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Okay, done...
 
2005-11-30 03:02:07 AM  
KingSizeLite: Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't higher frequency sounds much more directional than the lower frequencies?

exactly right. That's why in clubs and concert halls, the higher frequency 'tweeter' speakers are up in the air, pointing down at the audience - so they don't get blocked by the people in front. Subwoofers are down on the ground because at those frequencies sound is almost omni-directional.
 
2005-11-30 03:08:49 AM  
Too late, Kyle90. The best you can do now is play the "repel Bevets" card so we can conduct a rational discussion in peace.
 
2005-11-30 03:12:29 AM  
NedwinHLongfellow: Well DUH. Everyone knows monkeys speak with a British accent.

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Hello there!

 
2005-11-30 03:13:41 AM  
kyle90: It's too bad that replying to the Bevets script (I'm half convinced that's what he... it.. is) is useless. I've never seen him come into a thread more than once.

I'm sure the real Bevets died a long time ago and we are just experiencing the remains of the Bevets-bot set on autopilot.
 
2005-11-30 03:17:37 AM  
Rob, the trick is to see what words would set off. What sort of words would trigger the Boobies out of the gate? Maybe we should have a contest as to what headlines would summon....
 
2005-11-30 03:18:23 AM  
Disposable Rob I think that Bevets never really existed, except in some long-ago Usenet entity. He's gone on to become some sort of Gibson-esque Ghost in the Machine, or Matrixy Deus ex Machina.

That's right, I said it. Bevets does not exist. There is no Bevets. Feel free to deal out your own cards and win the game.

And, anyway -- didn't they already figure out that Bevets has a different accent, depending upon which time zone his/her/its posts come from?
 
2005-11-30 03:29:08 AM  
Nightmaretony: Rob, the trick is to see what words would set off. What sort of words would trigger the Boobies out of the gate?

His auto-notify is set on the word "scientist". What do I win?

JB-NoHo: Matrixy Deus ex Machina.
Are you really citing the Matrix as the cultural type specimen of deus ex machina? (Come on, at least use Cats)

didn't they already figure out that Bevets has a different accent

GASP, you are implying Bevets is a monkey of some sort, or possibly descended therefrom? (good show, do it again)

/I'm shocked
//shocked, I tell you
 
2005-11-30 03:29:13 AM  
JB-NoHo, how dare you proclaim that the all-mighty Bevets doesn't exist! Can't you see how he loves us all? Aren't rainbows enough evidence that he exists?!?
 
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