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There is the case of the gentleman who had trained a flea to leap at the
command "Jump!" "Now," said the clever gentleman, "I shall do an experiment to
discover where the flea's ears are located. First I shall amputate his feelers."
... so that the brain could be stimulated with weak electrical currents. Depending
on where the electrodes were placed, various kinds of behavior could be elicited.
The cricket could be made to rub its legs, sing, walk, or jump. Jumping was the ...
he were on a treadmill; when he tried to jump, however, ballistic recoil sent the
ball off into space and the cricket could not "land." Even though he was fixed, the
normal conclusion to jumping is landing. Once the experimenter realized this he
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Arseny - LibraryThing
Great book, and it reads surprisingly well. The only sign of age really is the use of pronouns (the scientist is always "he", even despite the fact that female science students are mentioned several ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - juglicerr - LibraryThing
I thought that this book was hysterical. It is not the book for people wanted all the scientific facts about flies, although it does have some interesting tidbits along the way. Instead, it cheerfully ... Read full review