Stressed emus?

Relax – wind farms aren’t stressing out your emus


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3 responses to “Stressed emus?

  1. Stuart Mathieson

    Panics usually misplaced, of one kind or another are quite common in human communities. Not just human either. Easy to infer the biological/social origins when you see a field of rabbits scatter. Humanities more evolved and complex culture with its nuanced language interface is nevertheless ultimately wired into physiological responses. There’s the famous Orson Wells reading of “War of the Worlds” and the inexplicable mass running somewhere in the US. The witch hunts of the middle ages, the “Red Scares” of the McCarthy era and subsequently, the moral panics that erupt periodically ( satanic ritual abuse of children was a significant recent example), UFOs, vaccination, aluminium cookware, fluoridation and currently “The New World Order” which has in fact been around in various incarnations for centuries, most notably the Jewish/bankers “world order” version that surfaces from time to time.
    I would expect we have a “jungle telegraphy” sensibility that goes off half cocked periodically. Not surprisingly this response is quite often exploited. After all it’s as old as politics and religion if not older. Perhaps our indignation at its abuse is an example of it as well. After all we have a burning desire to trust and protect social communication.

    • Perhaps our indignation at its abuse is an example of it as well. After all we have a burning desire to trust and protect social communication.

      You know, I hadn’t really considered that. I think though that the critical thinking that people like you or I employ before becoming indignant is the difference. The threat of climate change is very real whereas the threat fear of new things like wind turbines is not based on anything demonstrable but rather primitive but instinct.

  2. Stuart Mathieson

    John Teehan in “In The Name of God” suggests the “problem” is an evolved strategy to over-interpret under-determined stimuli. In our prehistoric environments a tendency to over react to ambiguity (assume the worst) would be adaptive in cost benefit terms. If it looks like it might be dangerous be cautious. Presumeably like many human characteristics such traits will follow some sort of normal distribution curve. But the question of trust is vital to safe social interaction and we seek “hard to fake” signs of integrity. The untrustworthy know this of course and frequently are found in congregations appearing very pious. I check the background of proponents of the improbable and frequently find a pattern. These are frequently people with “issues” as they say in the trade. “Issues” that often go back to youth or childhood that have never been expressed and looked at (with qualified help). At some deep level pain or unhappiness is experienced and the poor sod seeks an acceptable explanation.