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Feeling Upset? Look At Some Meat

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the the-calming-power-of-beef dept.

Canada 155

Meshach writes "A study out of Canada claims that seeing meat actually calms a person down. From the article: 'Contrary to expectations, a McGill University researcher has discovered that seeing meat makes people significantly less aggressive. Frank Kachanoff, who studies evolution at the university’s department of psychology, had initially thought the presence of meat would provoke bloodlust, believing the response would have helped our primate ancestors hunt. But in fact, his research showed the reverse is true.'" I can see all the "Make Steak, Not War!" protest signs already.

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Go tell that to PETA (2, Funny)

digitaldc (879047) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196168)

They will show you some very calming asparagus shoots.

Re:Go tell that to PETA (3, Funny)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196248)

Usually it isn't the asparagus that helps me feel better so much as the lady holding it.

Re:Go tell that to PETA (5, Funny)

BStroms (1875462) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196292)

The article makes sense to me. Nothing like sitting down for a meal and being presented with a plate full of vegetables to send you into a rage. A nice roast turkey or the like, however, will have you thinking of little next to how much you're going to enjoy your meal.

Re:Go tell that to PETA (1, Interesting)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196450)

Yeah, such preference might have made evolutionary sense for most of time our species exists (plus those leading to us...), when meat was much more scarce.

Now...it seems like a lot of people still fall into that instinct, of course. Daily, many times a day... (similar with alcohol probably; out of three fruits: fresh, fermented and rotten - two are better. Which means beings with some preference towards alcohol might have slight evolutionary advantage, thanks to additional calories now and then. But now effects of distilled alcohol exploit that preference?)

Re:Go tell that to PETA (1, Informative)

lordmetroid (708723) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196696)

A calorie is only the same as the next calorie if you put it a substance on fire. In the body however, substances are not lit on fire, instead different substances have different metabolic paths. Alcohole is metabolized in the liver and requires you to expand energy in order to dispose of the poison and turn it into the harmless fats that can be stored on the outside of your belly and other fatty tissues.

Re:Go tell that to PETA (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196790)

But some random fermented fruit would most likely give more energy than its alcohol content "burns", don't you think?

Re:Go tell that to PETA (1)

khallow (566160) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196952)

Alcohole is metabolized in the liver and requires you to expand energy in order to dispose of the poison and turn it into the harmless fats

Not that I'm here to fight, but that still may be a net energy gain.

Re:Go tell that to PETA (1)

somersault (912633) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197830)

Hence why he said it's being stored as fat. I thought he was making a joke.

Alcohol consumption raises the levels of cortisol in your system - which makes you store more fat around the belly area; it also reduces testosterone levels, making it harder to build muscle. Artificial sweeteners have been linked to cortisol levels too since at least some of them are broken down by the liver.

Re:Go tell that to PETA (1)

Xtravar (725372) | more than 3 years ago | (#34198798)

Alcohol itself is not stored as fat. Only a small percentage of it would actually directly turn into fat. It's the fact that alcohol energy takes precedence over other sources of energy that causes fat to be stored.

Was Slashdot paid to run nonsense? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34197022)

Fraud? That is a nonsense article that seems to me to be a public relations commercial for the meat industry.

Re:Was Slashdot paid to run nonsense? (1)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 3 years ago | (#34198094)

Yep, sure, why not. If you don't believe it, it must be false.

ironically (1, Interesting)

unity100 (970058) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197868)

vegetables are what is used to actually give taste to REAL dishes, even for dishes made with meat. because, meat, always tastes like, well, meat. you have to have vegetables to make something different out of it.

think : its no different than eating potatoes all the time. same and same. but, we are conditioned by the society to think that we are actually eating well, because, well, we are eating meat. this is reminiscent of the earlier centuries in which meat was hard to find, and therefore considered a richness in the table. its not like that anymore.

Re:ironically (1)

cawpin (875453) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197958)

The only way that can be considered true is if you're counting spices as vegetables. If you aren't, then you need to get some good meat.

Re:ironically (0)

Lord Byron II (671689) | more than 3 years ago | (#34198014)

Amen. If you ever eat just the meat off of a burger, you'll get what the unity is saying. It's bland, has a horrible texture and is overall unappetizing. Add some lettuce, tomato, pickles, and onions, and you've got a delicious meal.

there (1)

unity100 (970058) | more than 3 years ago | (#34198204)

thats what i was trying to say.

Re:ironically (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34198548)

If you only get your burgers from fast food joints, then you may have a point.

Re:ironically (4, Informative)

geekprime (969454) | more than 3 years ago | (#34198026)

You cannot taste the difference between different kinds of meat? beef pork lamb etc...!?

Let alone the difference between a flank steak and a porterhouse?

Really? Wow!

I can tell you that there is an obvious difference in the flavor of the meat on the two sides of a porterhouse steak.
Is there a test for tastebuds? I think you may be missing something.

Re:ironically (0)

unity100 (970058) | more than 3 years ago | (#34198180)

wow yeah !! they are different. pork, lamb, cow. they are so different that, the dishes made by each of them are .... wait, THEY ALL TASTE THE SAME WHATEVER YOU PUT THEM IN, and there are only 4-5 categories.

moreover, meat always has the protein taste undertone, and dominates any food it is put into.

Re:ironically (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34198292)

Seriously? All taste the same?

That's just you. The rest of us can tell chicken from streak.

Re:ironically (1)

geekprime (969454) | more than 3 years ago | (#34198414)

Yup, sorry, that proves it unity100.
There is definitely something wrong with you if all of that tastes the same to you.

Really, I'm not trying to be an ass here, I would ask a doctor if there is something that can be done.

I don't care if you ever like meat or not but think about all the rest of the flavors you are missing if you cannot distinguish such huge differences in flavors.

Re:ironically (3, Informative)

malakai (136531) | more than 3 years ago | (#34198468)

WTF, have you HAD lamb? Lamb taste nothing like beef ( I won't even argue on grain vs grass fed, but blind fold me and I'll tell you the difference ).

If your saying you can grind up lamb, pork, beef and hide them inside stews with enormous amounts of spices, after perhaps you boiled the crap out of it, then yeah.. you win.. you can't tell the difference. But guess what, I can do the same thing with vegetables, fish, chicken, old leather shoes.... I can over cook and improperly pair bell peppers in a dish and you won't be able to tell what's a piece of pepper and what's a chunk of celery. All that'll remain is some sort of celouse like material.

moreover, meat always has the protein taste undertone, and dominates any food it is put into

Let's talk about what doesn't dominate a food it's put into. Fish? Dominate. Root vegetables? Dominate. Gourds? My god, try and sneak a little pumpkin into something.

Moot point really being taste are such an individual trait. Also I think environment plays a huge role in this. What you were fed as a child, what you choose to eat later in life, what meal your mom made you after your dad left home. My only suggestion to this whole argument is don't take such polarizing stand on something so non-determinable...

Re:ironically (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34198614)

Seriously, you really are missing something if you don't think different meats and cuts have different flavors.

Do you really think bacon, pork chops, and ham all taste the same? And I mean unflavored -- no honey baked or maple. Just straight bacon, ham, and chops. They are very different, and if you don't think so, then I'm not exaggerating when I say there's a serious disconnect between your tongue and sinuses and your brain.

I'll grant that meat flavor is mild compared to fruits and vegetables. But to suggest all meat tastes the same is simply incorrect.

Re:ironically (1)

orlanz (882574) | more than 3 years ago | (#34198672)

I disagree. Unless you consider vegetables as equal to non-meat and state that there is more variety of taste in the former.

Various meats taste quite differently. And I am not even talking about the cooked kind. Various sushi taste quite differently. Heck the same fish has a different taste based upon where it grew up and how old it is. Same applies for oysters. Even going into boiled, fired, fried, baked, salted, and smoked changes based upon age, feed, location, cooking medium, and type of prepwork (cuts). And this is in the same meat. Lets drop medium and prepwork cause that doesn't directly tie to the taste of "meat". But age, feed, and location do.

I would say there is a distinct flavor of meat, but there is no "protein" undertone. What about chickpeas, beans, pulses, and nuts? There is no protein undertone to them.

Fruits & Herbs/Spices, have a massive variety of tastes. But what is actually considered a vegetable doesn't have any more or less of a variety than meat. Remember, vegetables, herbs/spices, & nuts weren't naturally designed to be killed and consumed anymore than meat.

I'd rather look at mammaries (2, Funny)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196176)

(which of course are not meat, but skin-covered fat.) Much more calming.

Re:I'd rather look at mammaries (2, Funny)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196270)

Strange. I find them exciting.

I guess we are all different.

Re:I'd rather look at mammaries (2, Insightful)

donscarletti (569232) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196604)

I find them very calming also. Even though since I was weaned, I have so far only have a chance to interact them during sex, I would still associate them more with nutriment than arousal. The warm feeling of two soft breasts against ones skin during a loving or even a friendly embrace feels as comforting as another pair of arms around one's body. I have heard that the association of breasts with sexuality is strongest in men who were not breastfed, I guess because having something associated with ones mother kind of takes the sexy out of anything.

Re:I'd rather look at mammaries (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196970)

In other mammals breasts only exist for one purpose: Feeding the baby. Once the baby is grown, they shrivel and all-but-disappear.

It is only in humans that permanent breasts have developed, as a way to entice men ("Yes dummy I'm a woman - you can tell by my chest.").

Calming? (1)

hellfire (86129) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196720)

"If a woman shares with me her breasts, I tend to leap at them. RAWR! Because they might go away..."

-- Lewis Black

Re:Calming? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34196904)

"He who receives a breast, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me."

Thomas Jefferson

TJ was a freaky dude

Re:I'd rather look at mammaries (1)

domulys (1431537) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196894)

If that's the case (and you're a fan of the Onion on Facebook) then you were treated to a pleasant surprise this morning.

Re:I'd rather look at mammaries (1)

commodore64_love (1445365) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197064)

Now see, that topless girl just does nothing for me.

Yes of course I think she's cute and even attractive, but until she starts playing with her vibrator, she's just another naked animal. Not particularly exciting.

Hmmm (4, Interesting)

The MAZZTer (911996) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196178)

I wonder if it matters if you're vegetarian or not?

Re:Hmmm (1)

cmdr_tofu (826352) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196750)

It does. I am never pleased to find a piece of meat in my broccoli with tofu. It has happened, and I usually don't get calmed down until they refund my money, take the food back, and provide a new meal.

Re:Hmmm (4, Funny)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196806)

Secretly, you eat half of it, and that gives you the strength to feign indignation. It's OK, we're all friends here - you can be honest.

Re:Hmmm (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34198528)

Not really. A vegetarian loses the ability to digest meat. Eating half of that would probably give him diarrhea (from the meat juice on the veggies).

Re:Hmmm (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34196874)

Strange, I once found a piece of broccoli and tofu in my meat, and had the same reaction.

beef curtains (1)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196204)

beef curtains always makes me feel better

Re:beef curtains (1)

Yewbert (708667) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196808)

Came for the inevitable pr0n/"I'm thinking Arby's!" post, leaving somewhat satisfied and somewhat,... distracted.

This isn't a dirty thing. (3, Funny)

QuantumBeep (748940) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196206)

I'm sure there won't be any dirty jokes made about this at all.

Re:This isn't a dirty thing. (1)

NtwoO (517588) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196670)

Only heterosexual women and homosexual men are appeased by looking at meat. (and not being denied their wishes)

Re:This isn't a dirty thing. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34196712)

As a heterosexual woman, I'd like to point out that "meat" is one of the least visually appealing body parts a person can look at. Sure it has it's uses, but there's nothing more horrifying than watching a naked man pick up a towel.

Re:This isn't a dirty thing. (1)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 3 years ago | (#34198122)

My advice: find men who aren't abese.

Re:This isn't a dirty thing. (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#34199236)

Straight women find naked men picking up towels "horrifying"...that doesn't make one bit of sense to me but I'll try to remember it. I mean, I could watch naked women pick up towels aaaalll daaay loooong :D

But right, don't pick up a towel when naked around women, got it.

(insert Wayne's World time warp effect here)

(~10 years later, married)

*stepping out of shower while wife brushes teeth*

"Honey I need you to get out of the bathroom for a second so I can...do something. You don't want to see me do this, trust me. Come on it will just take a second...Okay fine, but don't say I didn't warn you..." *braces for scream and reaches for towel*

Re:This isn't a dirty thing. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34197358)

"Feeling Upset? Look At Some Meat."

-Brett Favre

Re:This isn't a dirty thing. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34197918)

"Contrary to expectations, a McGill University researcher has discovered that seeing meat makes people significantly less aggressive."

Dunno about that...last time I showed people my meat to stop a road rage incident they were quite aggressive. The police officer wasn't too happy either...something about "keeping my pants on in a public place" and "Think of the Children!!" Said something about "indecent exposure" too IIRC....

What about vegetables? (4, Funny)

chemicaldave (1776600) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196210)

Will looking at some spinach put you into a rage then? It certainly seemed that way for Popeye.

Re:What about vegetables? (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197078)

Will looking at some spinach put you into a rage then? It certainly seemed that way for Popeye.

Or maybe because Olive had no meat on her bones.
   

damn (2, Funny)

aquabat (724032) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196212)

missed first roast!

Re:damn (1)

yanyan (302849) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197094)

Relax. Here, to help you calm down take a look at my meat.

Does that lady on the street seem upset? (2, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196214)

Show her your meat!

Keep a copy of TFA for when the cops show up.

Chill dude. It's Thanksgiving. (4, Insightful)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196246)

Of course. Why do you need to be "aggressive" when it's Thanksgiving? You've already got your kill and you are about to chow down. You and the rest of your extended family doesn't have to worry about starving for awhile. You can relax a little. This is about "being fat and happy" rather than "fight or flight". Of course "plenty" is going to be relaxing.

Hitler was a vegetarian (5, Funny)

plopez (54068) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196268)

and a teetotaler. Do you need more proof? :)

Re:Hitler was a vegetarian (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34196362)

+1 For skifull use of Godwin!

Re:Hitler was a vegetarian (1)

geekprime (969454) | more than 3 years ago | (#34198082)

But it never works, the argument never ends with it.

Re:Hitler was a vegetarian (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34198670)

His comment was truly made of God and Win

Re:Hitler was a vegetarian (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196402)

He also loved dogs and hated cats. Just sayin'...

(otoh - Jesus died a virgin (or so the popular mythology often goes) ... hm, w8, that argument breaks down on /. )

So Lady Gaga... (2, Funny)

VoiceInTheDesert (1613565) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196310)

...was just trying to make us all feel better? That was nice of her.

makes sense (2, Insightful)

ico2 (817589) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196326)

It makes perfect sense. If you can see meat then the hunt is over.

Re:makes sense (1)

confused one (671304) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196378)

and it's time to relax and eat.

Re:makes sense (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196862)

Or a fight. Also if it's your meat - you might as well relax ;p (though I'm not sure how that trait would be passed on - unless relaxing helps in survival of serious wounds, somehow...)

Might be not such a useful thing with shelfs in shopped overfilling with the stuff...

Re:makes sense (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197122)

"It makes perfect sense. If you can see meat then the hunt is over."

So THAT is what the hole in the partition is for!

Sounds like a job for... (2, Funny)

gearsmithy (1869466) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196348)

anger managemeat

In the immortal words of Bruce Willis... (1)

uzd4ce (1916592) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196352)

"I am a meat popsicle."

This is clearly a mis-steak! (2, Funny)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196360)

I've got a bone to pick with that pork-barrel study, but after we chew the fat together, I won't have a beef with them anymore - unless they're too chicken, in which case something fishy may be going on.

The peasants have no bread, so... (1)

jayme0227 (1558821) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196374)

Let them eat steak.

I knew meat was a freemason conspiracy (1)

scourfish (573542) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196396)

Meat is a conspiracy by the Freemasons and the Illuminati to calm down the sheeple population so that they don't protest against our reptillian overlords. See www.flouridewater911vaccinemoonlandingtruth.com to be enlightened; free your mind, bro.

WHAT THE HELL?! (4, Funny)

balaband (1286038) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196430)

WTF IS THIS SHI.....oh look at the pretty picture.....mmmm.......BBQ......what was I on about.....ah yes......why do I have to hate M$ so much? And apple closed source is actually good for the users....

I'm gonna go and open Facebook account now.

Yet Another Meaningless Research (2, Insightful)

nomad-9 (1423689) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196444)

What possibly could be remotely important about this study?

Basically, the researcher made a completely arbitrary "evolutionary" assumption that the view of meat provoked "blood lust", despite any evidence to that. And then he stood corrected after wasting funds on that largely irrelevant issue. Blood lust didn't help our ancestors hunt, hunger did. It would seem way more logical to most people - except to that researcher, obviously - that the view of meat would calm them, since it meant "dinner's (almost?) ready".

The view of meat could provoke anger with some people like veggie activists, but this has nothing to do with our ancestors hunting for food, IMO.

Re:Yet Another Meaningless Research (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34197016)

What possibly could be remotely important about this study?

It's research. Who says what is important? It's interesting to the researcher and that's what matters. If something good comes out of it, all the better. Just because you're disinterested in it doesn't make it worthless.

Basically, the researcher made a completely arbitrary "evolutionary" assumption that the view of meat provoked "blood lust", despite any evidence to that. And then he stood corrected after wasting funds on that largely irrelevant issue. Blood lust didn't help our ancestors hunt, hunger did. It would seem way more logical to most people - except to that researcher, obviously - that the view of meat would calm them, since it meant "dinner's (almost?) ready".

Research works by postulating a hypothesis, and carrying out an experiment to see if it holds true or not. He made an 'arbitrary' assumption based on his logic, followed it through and found it didn't work. The resulting evidence will make cause him rebase his initial assumptions. Science at work.

Why would a grant allowing research on the human psyche be wasted? These things are vetted by boards before being granted, so someone out there wiser and smarter than you thinks there may be merit.

Re:Yet Another Meaningless Research (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34197226)

Evolutionary psychology often wanders into rather iffy regions, and I agree that the study's base assumption seems without merit. However, it did result in an article that pissed off our office vegan, so that was a definite benefit.

Mod up (1)

Chameleon Man (1304729) | more than 3 years ago | (#34198722)

Surprised this isn't modded higher...but then again you put the word evolutionary in quotes, so the typical slashdot defense mechanism in people prevented any positive modding.

The article is very short and only gives the sample size, which in my opinion is too small (82). I'm curious to see the raw data and how "persuasive" it was in determining this conclusion. Additionally, other reasonings could be used. I wonder if some of the men used in the study simply enjoy barbequing and they attribute images meat to this.

Huh. (1)

AndrewNeo (979708) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196456)

Is this why I don't get frustrated playing Super Meat Boy?

This actually makes a lot of sense (1)

Nadaka (224565) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196464)

By the time you turn an animal into meat, you don't need to fight or run any more as long as there isn't to much competition within your group.

We're supposed to talk to meat? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34196588)

Omigod. You're serious then. They're made out of meat.

I'm sure... (2, Funny)

pahles (701275) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196630)

if I show people my meat, they will get upset. Well, some of them...

We're a cooperative species (4, Insightful)

The Raven (30575) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196666)

Once you can see MEAT, the hunt is over. Time to calm down and eat. Makes sense to me. We're not jackals, who fight for carrion; or lions who compete for who gets to eat the kill. We're a cooperative species, so once the hunt is done and the meat is out, time to stop producing adrenaline from the hunt and get to the business of sharing the meat out to the group.

Re:We're a cooperative species (1)

khr (708262) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196698)

Well that, and that the unsuspecting cooperative parts of the group are a lot easier to kill for their share of the meat than the live animals that supplied it...

Re:We're a cooperative species (0, Flamebait)

rtbyte (1523785) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197446)

Well that, and that the unsuspecting cooperative parts of the group are a lot easier to kill for their share of the meat than the live animals that supplied it...

That's the true American way !!! Humans that act this way will soon or later be killed by the others if they are not clever enough to do it without everybody seeing it as the lions do. There always be people that do it and there always be killed for that if caught that's the way the humans work. And I'm guessing if by some reason those that kill humans for their share increase over some critical mass that society will just die in hunger. Not a bright forecast for the US future ;)

Re:We're a cooperative species (1)

cvnautilus (1793340) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197696)

Yea, I think this might actually be a pretty important adaptation for the formation of social groups. If, after a hunt, everyone aggressively fought over the kill, there would never be any cooperation. Without cooperation, it's doubtful our species would have lasted long.

Re:We're a cooperative species (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197888)

"We're not jackals, who fight for carrion; or lions who compete for who gets to eat the kill."

Well, we don't compete with each other for food in the modern world. Were that situation to change I'd have no problem killing other human competitors to survive, or to eat them if that's the only option.

The taboos against that are for tribal convenience (well, most tribes!) and may be disregarded in extremis.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Custom_of_the_Sea [wikipedia.org]

Re:We're a cooperative species (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34199164)

You're wrong, as usual. Even apes compete for who gets the largest share of the kill, and who gets nothing. So no, once the meat is out, there's still competition based on rank, alpha males get more than your kind, delta males, in apes especially. And speaking of cooperation, Hyenas are just as, or even more so, cooperative than apes, and they too fight for who gets the larger share. So you are wrong about both, cooperative nature of non apes, and apes.

Godwin! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34196722)

Hitler was a vegetarian.

If the French had gone to the Rhineland with slabs of meat, WW2 could have been averted.

Wrong images. (3, Insightful)

John Hasler (414242) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196754)

You don't see the raw meat until after you've caught and killed the animal and are ready to eat. Bloodlust is not appropriate at that point. He needs to redo the experiment with images of prey animals running away.

Re:Wrong images. (1)

L3370 (1421413) | more than 3 years ago | (#34198246)

Well many humans no longer have to look for the prey, so watching a gazelle hopping around probably wouldn't spark aggression in us.

But hey, maybe this is why silly things like cow tipping and cock fighting are still around. Since our food source is domesticated, this may serve as release for our natural tendencies.

Re: Fleeing meat (1)

Ambivelocity (1938806) | more than 3 years ago | (#34198422)

Fleeing meat is much more appropriate

pleez? (1)

alphatel (1450715) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196820)

can i haz cheezburger pic?

Hmmm, political implications? (1)

Gizzmonic (412910) | more than 3 years ago | (#34196962)

The Obama Administration announced today that the next Palestine-Israel peace talks will be held in Cobber's Butcher Shop, Dayton, Ohio! "We welcome the opportunity of the Israelis and Palestianians to gaze on calming meat and embrace a new era of cooperation," the President said Wednesday.

Makes sense... (1)

telekon (185072) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197012)

If our primitive ancestors were seeing meat, it meant hunting was done, and they didn't have to worry about getting trampled by a wooly mammoth for a few days. Talk about your stress relief...

New Fad (1)

Tablizer (95088) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197092)

Finally, all those stale motivational posters will be replaced by deli shots.

then there's some truth in the sig line I saw... (1)

ChristTrekker (91442) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197286)

"Bacon is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy."

HA! (1)

eegad (588763) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197354)

I knew those whirled peas advocates had it all wrong.

Seriously, though, even just visualizing a good steak a minute ago calmed me down. I'm thinking this might actually be a tactic known as "distraction through hunger". It works for angry dogs too. Maybe the brain can only handle one primal urge at once.

Bloodlust is before (1)

holophrastic (221104) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197590)

Certainly, seeing meat "could have" caused bloodlust, and certainly that's the easier hypothesis with which to start testing, so I'd have done the same thing. But it certainly makes more sense that it'd be calming.

When seeing a wild turkey, bloodlust would help the hunter. After killing it, and stripping it, now staring at the meat, the hunting is done, the bloodlust isn't required. What's more, we need to turn into digestive mode -- which in humans is a very energy-intensive task.

Not to mention, there are only 3.5 requirements for human nourishment. Meat covers one of them. That's quite satisfying.

Oh, spiffing... (1)

TDyl (862130) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197602)

I'm a vegetarian, you insensitive clods.

It makes you feel relevant ... (2, Funny)

dbIII (701233) | more than 3 years ago | (#34197836)

It makes you feel relevant because you have a steak in your future.

Might be something to this... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34197906)

My wife & I have often found shopping for meat can be... well... arousing... Maybe we're not just freaks after all!

Hmm... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34198042)

"Feeling upset? Look at some meat!"

I used that exact line on my wife last night.

*zzzziiippppp*

McGrill University? (1)

iamhassi (659463) | more than 3 years ago | (#34198956)

Am I the only one that saw "McGill University" and thought it said McGrill?

Meat wallpapers to the rescue (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 3 years ago | (#34199136)

That's why I always have meat wallpaper [google.com] on my computer. Unfortunately I tend to eat often.

That'll slow 'em down. (1)

crovira (10242) | more than 3 years ago | (#34199186)

Great! I can just imagine a new PsyOps tactic in Afghanistan.

Spraying the aroma of slowly simmering meat all over a suspected Al Queda camp. Cover a whole mountainside or carpet (bomb) an entire valley with the sweet smell of roasting meat.

Instead of “Daisy Cutter” munitions, spread dissension among the opposing side by starving them out (or requiring them to get much better mobile kitchens to run their recruiting.)

That’ll drive the enemy mad trying to figure out where the ovens are.

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