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Two Monkeys Were Paid Unequally, See What Happens Next

For those of you who know me or read some of my other articles, you know that I have an academic background in science — and I love science! I actually loved doing experiments and research — so imagine my surprise when I saw this excerpt related to two things that I dig — science and HR-related matters.

So first, some of the things that make this cool — just the primal drive for all things that are “fair” and “equal” — the monkey on the left knows immediately what is going on and his actions cry out “hey, that’s not fair” … actually it was more, “hey, that’s not fair and I don’t want your stupid cucumber — I know the grape is better.” Honestly — I’m not all that surprised by the result — are you? You may have been around children, or even remember times yourself as a child when you said, “that’s not fair!” But its neat to see the physical response of the monkey on the left.   (sidenote: I might add, I am not sure that “equal” and “fair” are the same thing.)

I’m not sure that I want to venture too far into a “fair” and “equal” discussion (hey, its an early Saturday morning and I’m a bit off my game) — also if you’ve seen some of my photos — I have multiple cultures and backgrounds (as do many of us) — so I bring to this discussion a my own perspectives of what I see and have observed — even when talking just about gender inequalities and leaving anything racial out of it. I’m not interested in having “THAT” discussion either — but what I will say, is that I think that while this an easy display of a reaction to what is perceived as in-equal — I think that it may only be part of the picture.  Pay equality, at least in the US, is not this simple.  Plus, I don’t know much about the social constructs of this type of monkey. However, while many people might focus on the monkey on the left – -what about the monkey on the right — seems to be okay that they are doing the same thing and he gets grapes and the other monkey gets cucumber — what, if anything, does that say? Also, by rejecting the cucumber, is there some parallel between understanding what one is worth in terms of compensation?

This is only an excerpt from de Waal’s study and the clip below is only an piece of what he presented at the TED Talk — so I’d be curious to know more about the conditions and scope of the entire study — and what was the overall goal (hypothesis to be tested). What would happen if the monkey on the right was paid in grapes, and THEN cucumber? What would happen if the monkey on the right had to give two rocks to get a grape and the monkey on the left still only had to give one?I don’t know — I guess that there are tons of permutations. I’ve also been saying “he” in reference to the monkeys — I have no idea their sex — but wouldn’t it be curious to know what the genders where and if different combinations gave different results?

I’m not sure that I have any ground breaking to conclude — but I just wanted to share, especially in light of some of the recent discussions on the  Fair Pay Act.  But if YOU have any thoughts or conclusions that you want to share —  love to hear ’em!

What was your reaction to the clip? Are there any parallels or similarities to what we are seeing with people?

Making the HR connection, yours,

 

 

 

Its Not News, Its a Distraction: 12th Doctor Revealed Live on TV

“Who” am I kidding (pun intended)  I LOVE Dr. Who!!! Those who know me, know I’m a Whovian! I’m giddy with excitement and thought that this was too cool NOT to share — the Twelfth Doctor to be Revealed This Sunday — Live on TV! How novel is that?!?  Want to know what I’ll be doing to “relax, relate, release” this weekend — wonder no more! 

Be it “man, woman, otter,” Matt Smith just wants to see the right person take the role of the Twelfth Doctor, and it looks like that person may have been found as the Whovian rumor mill revved into gear Thursday with word that the next Doctor will be announced during a BBC special airing this weekend, which the BBC confirmed as true much to fans’ relief.

via http://www.geeksugar.com/Doctor-Who-Next-Doctor-Rumors-31076114

Guesses as to who the next doctor will be? … and while we’re chatting, got a favorite doctor?

Taking a lil break, from making the HR connection (DON’T BLINK), yours,

Congrats Eva Longoria and the girls in STEM careers

Eva Longoria graduates, earns master’s degree in Chicano Studies from Cal State Northridge - NY Daily News

I think that this is a great story — here thesis was  “Success STEMS From Diversity: The Value of Latinas in STEM Careers,” STEM standing for science, technology, engineering and math.

What a timely and relevant topic — I know I’m always interested in how do we get more girls into the STEM careers.

I happen to work in a tech industry — AND — I have an undergraduate degree in a STEM field — yes I know, the ironies that I work in HR are not lost on me – but that’s a different blog post — so I think that this is an important topic for diversity, talent, and developing the youth of the future.

Way to go Eva! — plus OMG, LOVE those shoes (you can be academically accomplished AND still girlie and into fashion — girls need to know that its not one or the other)!
Making the HR connection — and totally wanting to go shoe shopping… yours, thegirlinhr!

Eva Longoria graduates, earns master’s degree in Chicano Studies from Cal State Northridge

After three years of studying, the ‘Desperate Housewives’ star graduated in a ceremony Wednesday night as her proud parents looked on.

The 38-year-old actress graduated Wednesday night from a Master’s program at California State University Northridge.

Its Not News, Its a Distraction – #Rikering

So as a fan of Star Trek The Next Generation (and Star Trek in general) I get a kick out of all the videos that are popping up of Rikering — haven’t heard of it –check it out!

Just in case you see anyone Rikering at your office … now ya know what’s up. Are you gonna give it a try?

5 ways to keep your phone charged in a power outage

I’e been keeping an eye on the news and the impending blizzard — I wanted to share this with folks — and even if you aren’t in the Northeast, it isn’t a bad idea to be prepared (just in case … ) — it’ll be important to stay in contact with family, friends, rescue personnel, colleagues, and most importantly, abreast of what is going on.

Stay safe and be prepared! Yours, TheGirlinHR!

In our increasingly digital world, a mobile phone or other portable device is often a one-stop communication device. Phone calls, text messages, social media and even radio and television can all come from the same gadget.

And when the power goes out, these gadgets can quickly become stylish but useless bricks.

As a potentially historic blizzard barrels toward the Northeast, now is the time to be juicing up the mobile devices you use to stay connected. Also, don’t forget about backup devices like that BlackBerry you got from work, tablets and even e-readers that have Web access.

via 5 ways to keep your phone charged in a power outage – CNN.com.

Gayatri Devi, M.D.: How Do I Improve My Memory? Forget More!

Do you know what is essential for a good memory? The ability to forget. To completely and thoroughly forget. Forgetting, like breathing or sleeping, is physiologically normal. This is at odds with our modern compulsion to record and remember everything and is a perfect recipe for anxiety.

Deb Roy, a cognitive science professor at MIT studying language, recorded 8-10 hours daily of the first three years of his son’s home life. He compiled a quarter million hours of audio and video, creating a 200,000 gigabyte “ultimate memory machine.” Consider how much information each of us is exposed to in 24 hours, on streets, subways, screens and in sleep. Imagine recording and remembering all this. Thankfully, we were never meant to.

Fact: We are evolutionarily programmed to forget. Our brains evolved over millennia with built-in forgetfulness. Our brain is engineered to remember tastes, smells, voices, touch and visions, not names. Our brain is engineered to solve problems (How do we keep track of cattle? Mathematics; How do I communicate? Language), not remember disjointed facts. A fact not linked to a sense, an emotion, or a concept is quickly forgotten.

via Gayatri Devi, M.D.: How Do I Improve My Memory? Forget More!.