20 September 2005

someone spent money to figure this out:

The investigators have found, among other things, that men generally curse more than women, unless said women are in a sorority, and that university provosts swear more than librarians or the staff members of the university day care center.

and some of them are from my alma mater

Frans de Waal, a professor of primate behavior at Emory University in Atlanta, said that when chimpanzees were angry "they will grunt or spit or make an abrupt, upsweeping gesture that, if a human were to do it, you'd recognize it as aggressive"

is this in any way new information?

swear words are variations on the 'son of a whore' theme or refer graphically to the genitalia of the person's mother or sisters. and yet more brilliant insight.

then it collapses into a description of Tourette's patients with coprolalia.

The brain's impulse control center struggles to short-circuit the collusion between limbic system urge and neocortical craft, and it may succeed for a time.

Fuck, yeah.

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