In fiction, animals are utilised for different audience reactions; the threat of harming one dog is viewed with disgust, while the murder of a few cattle wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow. However, the audience seems to be quick to ignore animal cruelty when the animal is guilty of a crime. Greg Buchanan posits that this behaviour may be a reflection of society’s own conflicting feelings towards animals, such as our arbitrary line dividing “pets” from “food”.
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Kai Cheng’s professor had a brilliant scheme. In his first lecture, he promised that each lecture would feature a “Lie of the Day”. But why? It made his students more attentive and analytical, poring over every detail of his lecture and making sense of why things were true. It was such a powerful teaching method that his students digested his most technical lectures quite easily because they tried so hard to catch his lie. The kicker? There was no lie in that first lecture; he had lied about that too! Read full article here