10 October 2011

Why We Call Them Boneheads Part Infinity

Just a quick update that the article we alluded to in our last post is still having the final touches completed and will be up shortly. Those who have an interest in what this blog covers will appreciate the research that it involved.

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We're sure that many of our readers know about Ivan Pavlov, or at least his famous experiment testing classical conditioning:

Classical conditioning (also Pavlovian or respondent conditioning, Pavlovian reinforcement) is a form of conditioning that was first demonstrated by Ivan Pavlov (1927). The typical procedure for inducing classical conditioning involves presentations of a neutral stimulus along with a stimulus of some significance, the "unconditional stimulus." The neutral stimulus could be any event that does not result in an overt behavioral response from the organism under investigation. Conversely, presentation of the significant stimulus necessarily evokes an innate, never reflexive, response...

The original and most famous example of classical conditioning involved the salivary conditioning of Pavlov's dogs. During his research on the physiology of digestion in dogs, Pavlov noticed that, rather than simply salivating in the presence of meat powder (an innate response to food that he called the unconditional response), the dogs began to salivate in the presence of the lab technician who normally fed them. Pavlov called these psychic secretions. From this observation he predicted that, if a particular stimulus in the dog's surroundings were present when the dog was presented with meat powder, then this stimulus would become associated with food and cause salivation on its own. In his initial experiment, Pavlov used a bell to call the dogs to their food and, after a few repetitions, the dogs started to salivate in response to the bell.

If Pavlov were alive today he might well reproduce his experiment using boneheads, though instead of using a bell to induce salivation, he could just utter the word, "Jew" and watch the conditioned response of  hate and stupidity.

Case in point, we begin with the bell:

So a world renowned hospital is going to be able expand and as a result of the expansion help more people. In a country where access to good healthcare and a concern about the availability of hospital beds is a not uncommon discussion, who could possibly have a problem with this?

And so now we go to the conditioned responses. Response 1:

But we thought that your movement was about, "White Pride" and not hate! We are SCANDALIZED!

Wait? That's not the response we're looking for. What would that be? Hmmm. Oh right!

We are totally not shocked whatsoever.

This conditioned response to "Jew" is hate. 

On to conditioned response 2:

That is correct. John actually believes that this hospital is only for Jewish patients. He really is that stupid.


The Jewish General Hospital (known officially as the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital since 1978, though the current branding does not emphasize the full name, and informally as simply "the Jewish") is an acute-care McGill University teaching hospital with 637 beds, serving patients from Montreal, from across the province of Quebec and around the world.

The Jewish General Hospital, which opened its doors in 1934, was founded as a general hospital, open to all patients regardless of race, religion, language or ethnic background. In 1969, the hospital opened the affiliated Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, one of the largest and most influential research centres in Canada.

Among many other medical innovations, in 1974, the JGH was one of the first hospitals in Canada to open a division of colorectal surgery.

At his death in 1928, Mortimer Davis left most of his estate to be used for the construction of a Jewish public hospital that would bear his name. In 1978, 50 years after his death, $10 million from his estate was donated to the Jewish General Hospital, which was then renamed the Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital.

And for our interested readers, you might wish to examine the history of the hospital decade by decade at their website.

Given John is close to being morbidly obese, he might find this interesting: 

The JGH becomes first hospital in Canada to perform balloon valvuloplasty, a procedure to unblock clogged arteries. (1987)

Would it surprise any of our readers that John has difficulty holding down a job?

Didn't think so.


Anonymous said...

So very, very true!

Anonymous said...

wow they won't get that at all. hahaha cool cool well done.