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Miscellaneous academic links (mostly)

Ants that don't appear to age: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/these-unusual-american-ants-never-get-old-180957887/?no-ist

I have been reading about ageing recently, because I am working on a manuscript on the nature of connections between nutrition, reproduction, and lifespan in crickets. I should probably read the primary article in this case, at least to get an idea of ways to characterize senescence.

Comments on reviewing the statistics in that manuscript you're reviewing: https://methodsblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/03/reviewing_statistics/

This diagram on why dishes pile up in the kitchen sink makes me think about what we call the "Dishwasher Model" for the division of labor in social insect colonies. Essentially, it is based on the idea that different individuals have different stimulus thresholds for the various tasks that need to be done in a colony (or apartment). Once the level of stimulus (amount of dishes in the sink) reaches the threshold for the person most sensitive to the task, he or she will do it, and so the stimulus won't ever reach the threshold of the others and the sensitive person will become a task specialist for that task.

Okay, this one isn't quite so academic, but it's sorta related? Apparently, a Liverpool student has created insect haggis. S bought a can of vegetarian haggis once, when we were in Boston. I think it was made of lentils. It was all right.

Tips for responding to illegal questions asked during job interviews. Or, related ideas in comic book form.



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Jan. 27th, 2016 02:42 am (UTC)
That's quite weird as regards the ants. I wish the paper went further.

The Dishwasher Model has a burnout problem: sometimes people, at least, get so frustrated that they purposely ignore their stimulus threshold. My sis-in-law's ex-roommate was notorious for never, ever doing the dishes, and eventually my sis-in-law gritted her teeth and waited for three months of said roommate just washing one dish to have dinner each night, and she finally washed some of the dishes.
It was not a transformation, just a one-time thing.
Jan. 28th, 2016 12:57 am (UTC)
Right. I was going to say something similar... I think there's a resistance effect. People who who don't like doing things, learn at a young age that the best way to not have to do things is to set and maintain low expectations.

Sometimes the person who never does dishes doesn't do them because they activate at a higher level, but there are people who will never ever do the dishes unless they're forced to. They cave when it's significantly more effort to do them than to continue fighting. No, I don't think it's even the effort; it's when their know that their lies are losing credibility. I've had one of these people as a roommate twice now. No matter how long you wait and how patient you are and how nice you ask and beg, somehow, magically, it's a huge persecution for them that particular day, or any day.

I guess it's fair to limit the universe of discourse to activation energy dynamics.
Jan. 28th, 2016 06:34 pm (UTC)
You guys and your extended human-based theories! I guess I was asking for it, what with posting that human-based diagram. I was just amused to see the human diagram because I've spent my fair share of time thinking about the "dishwasher model" for the division of labor in insect societies. :^)
Jan. 27th, 2016 04:16 pm (UTC)
I have had a lot of haggis in my day, from going to Scotland with a traveling companion who was using ordering disgusting food as a diet method to Burns Night celebrations with Rebecca McCaffrey nee Wahl. Vegetarian haggis, which I have also had, is much less offal. :)
Jan. 28th, 2016 06:32 pm (UTC)
*snort* *groan* *giggle*

...but would you eat insect haggis?
Feb. 7th, 2016 01:47 am (UTC)
Ha! I complained much more about the tofu haggis than I did about the real thing, though I declined to eat either.
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