Dolphins, Handjobs, LSD.

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PostDolphins, Handjobs, LSD.
by Dark Ritual » Fri May 04, 2012 9:16 pm

I do love Science experiments from the 50-60s.

Perhaps the most troubling experiment in recent history is the dolphin-intelligence study conducted by neuroscientist John C. Lilly in 1958. While working at the Communication Research Institute, a state-of-the-art laboratory in the Virgin Islands, Lilly wanted to find out if dolphins could talk to people. At the time, the dominant theory of human language development posited that children learn to talk through constant, close contact with their mothers. So, Lilly tried to apply the same idea to dolphins.

For 10 weeks in 1965, Lilly’s young, female research associate, Margaret Howe, lived with a dolphin named Peter. The two shared a partially flooded, two-room house. The water was just shallow enough for Margaret to wade through the rooms and just deep enough for Peter to swim. Margaret and Peter were constantly interacting with each other, eating, sleeping, working, and playing together. Margaret slept on a bed soaked in saltwater and worked on a floating desk, so that her dolphin roommate could interrupt her whenever he wanted. She also spent hours playing ball with Peter, encouraging his more “humanoid” noises and trying to teach him simple words.

As time passed, it became clear that Peter didn’t want a mom; he wanted a girlfriend. The dolphin became uninterested in his lessons, and he started wooing Margaret by nibbling at her feet and legs. When his advances weren’t reciprocated, Peter got violent. He started using his nose and flippers to hit Margaret’s shins, which quickly became bruised. For a while, she wore rubber boots and carried a broom to fight off Peter’s advances. When that didn’t work, she started sending him out for conjugal visits with other dolphins. But the research team grew worried that if Peter spent too much time with his kind, he’d forget what he’d learned about being human.

Before long, Peter was back in the house with Margaret, still attempting to woo her. But this time, he changed his tactics. Instead of biting his lady friend, he started courting her by gently rubbing his teeth up and down her leg and showing off his genitals. Shockingly, this final strategy worked, and Margaret began rubbing the dolphin’s erection. Unsurprisingly, he became a lot more cooperative with his language lessons.


Discovering that a human could satisfy a dolphin’s sexual needs was the experiment’s biggest interspecies breakthrough. Dr. Lilly still believed that dolphins could learn to talk if given enough time, and he hoped to conduct a year-long study with Margaret and another dolphin. When the plans turned out to be too expensive, Lilly tried to get the dolphins to talk another way—by giving them LSD. And although Lilly reported that they all had “very good trips,” the scientist’s reputation in the academic community deteriorated. Before long, he’d lost federal funding for his research.


Words not not express the sheer amount of disbelief I have for this.

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PostRe: Dolphins, Handjobs, LSD.
by Somebody Else's Problem » Fri May 04, 2012 9:27 pm

Back when science was in its "Batshit Mental" phase.

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PostRe: Dolphins, Handjobs, LSD.
by Bunni » Fri May 04, 2012 9:37 pm

There's a book on this kinda stuff. Elephants On Acid. Fabulous Read. If you really want to gross-out look at 18-19th Century medicals experiments. *shudder*

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PostRe: Dolphins, Handjobs, LSD.
by Alvin Flummux » Fri May 04, 2012 9:40 pm

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PostRe: Dolphins, Handjobs, LSD.
by Gemini73 » Fri May 04, 2012 9:45 pm

Hmm, maybe I should mention to the misses that she would get far more conversation out of me if she gave me a handjob once and a while...

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PostRe: Dolphins, Handjobs, LSD.
by Squinty » Fri May 04, 2012 10:16 pm

Bunni wrote:There's a book on this kinda stuff. Elephants On Acid. Fabulous Read. If you really want to gross-out look at 18-19th Century medicals experiments. *shudder*


Committed to memory. I'll be reading that at some point :datass:

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PostRe: Dolphins, Handjobs, LSD.
by Lagamorph » Fri May 04, 2012 10:36 pm

Somebody Else's Problem wrote:Back when science was in its "Batshit Mental" phase.

Back in the good old days when "Why?" was "Why not?"

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PostRe: Dolphins, Handjobs, LSD.
by aayl1 » Fri May 04, 2012 10:59 pm

Dr Cottle wrote:
Bunni wrote:There's a book on this kinda stuff. Elephants On Acid. Fabulous Read. If you really want to gross-out look at 18-19th Century medicals experiments. *shudder*


Committed to memory. I'll be reading that at some point :datass:


I move for the banning of anyone who misuses that smiley.

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PostRe: Dolphins, Handjobs, LSD.
by Bunni » Fri May 04, 2012 11:00 pm

Ditto :slol:

It was great when used now and then. Being abused now and just isn't funny.

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PostRe: Dolphins, Handjobs, LSD.
by Squinty » Fri May 04, 2012 11:11 pm

aaronayl1 wrote:
Dr Cottle wrote:
Bunni wrote:There's a book on this kinda stuff. Elephants On Acid. Fabulous Read. If you really want to gross-out look at 18-19th Century medicals experiments. *shudder*


Committed to memory. I'll be reading that at some point :datass:


I move for the banning of anyone who misuses that smiley.


It's not my fault dolphins don't have asses.

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PostRe: Dolphins, Handjobs, LSD.
by 1cmanny1 » Fri May 04, 2012 11:40 pm

Bunni wrote:There's a book on this kinda stuff. Elephants On Acid. Fabulous Read. If you really want to gross-out look at 18-19th Century medicals experiments. *shudder*


Purchased.

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PostRe: Dolphins, Handjobs, LSD.
by Alvin Flummux » Sat May 05, 2012 12:00 am

Bunni wrote:Ditto :slol:

It was great when used now and then. Being abused now and just isn't funny.


This happens with all new emotes; it's the novelty factor. In a couple of months its use will have died down to normal levels.

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PostRe: Dolphins, Handjobs, LSD.
by Oh Teh Noes » Sat May 05, 2012 12:26 am

Remember :fp: ? Look who overuses that now.

Dr Cottle wrote:My favourite flavour of popsicle is DICK.

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PostRe: Dolphins, Handjobs, LSD.
by Clarkman » Sat May 05, 2012 1:54 am

Source?

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PostRe: Dolphins, Handjobs, LSD.
by Vermin » Sat May 05, 2012 2:02 am

Another example of irresponsible science is the Nim Chimpsky project in the 70s - they screwed that poor ape up. Bunch of foolish hippies.

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PostRe: Dolphins, Handjobs, LSD.
by Jax » Sat May 05, 2012 9:50 pm

Ah yes. I remember hearing this on a podcast. Here it is accompanied by someone's amateur animation.



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