Kids, when did you realize your parents might be terminally stupid?

They did a study on pidgins. They would give them food randomly. Sometimes the birds did a little dance, say they turned around, right before they got the food once.

Well, maybe, that’s what caused it? Cue more spinning by the pidgin. Well, after they keep spinning for so long they get more food!

That reinforces the spinning. Suddenly you have a bird that keeps spinning in a frantic effort to get more food!

Personally, I think it’s more about being stubborn. I’m not sure this “but it happened last time!” Mentality explains conspiracies, but it would make a lot of sense. .. “If there global warming why haven’t I felt it?!”

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