Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
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Your Brain Makes You Lazy

"Scientists have identified neural pathways that appear to influence an individual's willingness to work hard to earn money. Scans showed differences between 'go-getters' and 'slackers' in three specific areas of the brain." Also worth noting: "For many, the term 'slacker' is personified by Jeff Bridges' character 'the Dude' in the 1998 film The Big Lebowski. The new research suggests that Lebowski's desire to remain unemployed and spend much of his time bowling could partly be down to brain chemistry."

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BadUncle (#153)

That's it. I'm doing home brain surgery Frankenhooker-style.

SurgingSantorum (#214,904)

TL;DR

Matt (#26)

Richard Linklater is turning over in his grave.

JW Mason (#10,308)

Can anyone explain what a story like this is supposed to mean? I mean, how could there not be a difference between the brains of lazy and non-lazy people? Where else are personality differences supposed to be located, if not the brain? The ankles? The bile ducts? As far as I can tell, the statement "the differences between lazy and non-lazy people come down to brain chemistry" is exactly equivalent to the statement, "there is a difference between lazy and non-lazy people." Which we kind of already knew?

I suppose the implication is supposed to be that the difference is therefore fixed and immutable. But that doesn't follow anymore than the fact that there are physical differences between athletes and couch potatoes, means that there is no point to exercise.

DMcK (#5,027)

@JW Mason #struckanerve

a.t. (#1,744)

That's just like, researchers' opinion, man.

The new research suggests that Lebowski's desire to remain unemployed and spend much of his time bowling could partly be down to brain chemistry being a fictional character with personality traits subject to the desires of his creator(s).

DMcK (#5,027)

I have a desire to remain unemployed and spend much of my time bowling, yet I'm a pretty diligent worker…but I don't earn a lot of money. EXPLAIN THAT, SCIENCE

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