Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Things we can't study

I recently wrote a post about a recurring dream that I used to have in which aliens invaded the earth, killed most people, and conducted behavioural experiments on a small number of people.

If ETs invaded earth, and plundered the wealth of academic behavioural research, I wonder what gaps would they find? I suspect that they would notice that some interesting avenues had not been fully explored because to do so would be inhumane?

There must be experiments that behaviouralist would be interested in carrying out, but can't because they know that it would be ethically impossible. A bit like the kind of research that the Nazis were supposed to have done.

If anyone knows a behaviourist, could they ask them?

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