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« on: January 14, 2013, 01:09:40 PM »
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« Reply #1 on: January 14, 2013, 01:11:32 PM »
College student's turtle project takes dark twist
http://bigstory.ap.org/article/college-students-turtle-project-takes-dark-twist

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Weaver put a realistic rubber turtle in the middle of a lane on a busy road near campus. Then he got out of the way and watched over the next hour as seven drivers swerved and deliberately ran over the animal. Several more apparently tried to hit it but missed.

...To seasoned researchers, the practice wasn't surprising.
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Sometimes humans feel a need to prove they are the dominant species on this planet by taking a two-ton metal vehicle and squishing a defenseless creature under the tires, said Hal Herzog, a Western Carolina University psychology professor.

"They aren't thinking, really. It is not something people think about. It just seems fun at the time," Herzog said. "It is the dark side of human nature."

Herzog asked a class of about 110 students getting ready to take a final whether they had intentionally run over a turtle, or been in a car with someone who did. Thirty-four students raised their hands, about two-thirds of them male, said Herzog, author of a book about humans' relationships with animals, called "Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We Eat."
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Running over turtles even has a place in Southern lore.

In South Carolina author Pat Conroy's semi-autobiographical novel "The Great Santini," a fighter-pilot father squishes turtles during a late-night drive when he thinks his wife and kids are asleep. His wife confronts him, saying: "It takes a mighty brave man to run over turtles."

The father denies it at first, then claims he hits them because they are a road hazard. "It's my only sport when I'm traveling," he says. "My only hobby."
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Snakes also get run over deliberately. Baldwin wishes that weren't the case, but he understands, considering the widespread fear and loathing of snakes. But why anyone would want to run over turtles is a mystery to the professor.
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« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2013, 09:15:48 AM »


Add to this deeply depressing statement from Hal Herzog:
"Sometimes humans feel a need to prove they are the dominant species on this planet by taking a two-ton metal vehicle and squishing a defenseless creature under the tires"
This one:
"They aren't thinking, really. It is not something people think about. It just seems fun at the time. It is the dark side of human nature".

Though given in a narrow context, his sharp and straightforward description is true in relation to most if not all of life areas, not just driving in which humans’ aggressive temper is more easily noticed than in other parts of life, but the "need to prove they are the dominant species on this planet" presents itself in a first class delicacy restaurant just as much. It's just much more subtle.

 

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