Pavlov's Cat

Ian R Thorpe By Ian R Thorpe, 28th Jun 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1-ax40yh/
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You have heard of Pavlov's Dogs, the experiment in behavioural science that set out to prove by conditioning dogs to respond to certain stimuli that humans could be controlled in the same way. Well why do you think Pavlov chose dogs for his experiment?

Pavlov's Cat




(Picture source - flickr commons)



Pavlov's Cat

They may feed and shelter me,
groom and pet and pamper me,
make my bed on satin pillows,
adorn my neck with pretty bows,
but still I shall not fetch thrown sticks
nor perform amusing tricks
and beg for treats from master's hand;
nor march to King or Priest's command.
I will not work 'til I am old
to earn myself a scrap of gold.
Though human minds are cheaply bought,
a cat may learn but not be taught.
but go the way of my own choosing
and thus gain more than I risk losing.


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Behavioural Science, Poem, Poetry, Psychology, Science

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author avatar Ian R Thorpe
Born Manchester UK, 1948. varied early career from clerk via construction site worker and street trader to I T consultant. Performance poet, broadcaster, fiction writer and essayist on many topics.

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author avatar Utah Jay
28th Jun 2014 (#)

I have cats, and I agree. Well done.

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author avatar Ian R Thorpe
29th Jun 2014 (#)

Thanks Jay, I've been away from Wikinut some time and yous is the first comment on my return :-)

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author avatar Utah Jay
29th Jun 2014 (#)

It seems that comments are hard to come by here, but there seems to be a lot of readers who just read and fly. Now how is the pay?

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author avatar Ian R Thorpe
1st Jul 2014 (#)

I could say lousy but that would be unfair because I don't have many posts published. I think it may take time to build but some people tell me they make a decent earner out of it.
The main thing is Wikinut will be steady because they don't pay for posts, comments and likes and therefore don't encourage spamming. So if you are patient and prepared to post regularly and do your SEO (inward links mainly) it will build.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

Hey Ian; welcome back!
Yeah, a lot of people only comment to get comments, and sometimes btw language barriers and tech issues, it is for the best.
As for money, I put up 100 articles in my first six months. 85% were starred. Even so, I only average 200 total views each day. After posting a big post number on the first day, sometimes the second if I am lucky, I barely get

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author avatar Ian R Thorpe
9th Jul 2014 (#)

Phyl, I haven't been around much and will not be for a while because my mother (86) is nearing the end of her life and needs a lot of attention.
But you are being a tad unfair to Wikinut, other revenue sharing sites get maybe 50 hits the first day and then a tail slender as a thread of spider silk. 200 is good and if you backlink your posts (old ones too) it can get quite good.
Google are to blame, they want new all the time, new pages top, new content edited in, new links.
We all ought to rebel but Bing isn't much better.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

A view or two.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
2nd Jul 2014 (#)

Sorry. Technical difficulties.

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author avatar Retired
11th Sep 2014 (#)

Amusing poem. Right on the mark too. Cats will only do what pleases them but they are always ready for a bit pampering.

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