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Turtle experiment reveals dark discovery

Posted on Saturday, 29 December, 2012 | Comment icon 96 comments | News tip by: Simbi Laveau

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A student investigating ways to help turtles cross the road has revealed the dark side of human nature.

For the experiment student Nathan Weaver placed a life-like rubber turtle on to a busy road to determine the likelihood that it would be run over by motorists. Watching from a nearby location, Weaver was disheartened to discover that seven drivers in the space of an hour deliberately swerved with the intention of running over the turtle while several others attempted to do so but missed.

"I've heard of people and from friends who knew people that ran over turtles," he said, "but to see it out here like this was a bit shocking." Psychology professor Hal Herzog believes that such behavior is to be expected. "They aren't thinking, really," he said. "It is not something people think about. It just seems fun at the time. It is the dark side of human nature."

"Clemson University student Nathan Weaver set out to determine how to help turtles cross the road."

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Comment icon #87 Posted by redhen on 3 January, 2013, 14:49
Hey,Some people are stupid,What can you do. Deliberately running over turtles or kittens is a crime in most civilized countries, it's animal cruelty. However, in most states and countries it's just a misdemeanor crime with some insignificant monetary fine. Still, it would be a start if the people admitting to these crimes to researchers were investigated and charged.
Comment icon #88 Posted by dan-paul-mark on 10 January, 2013, 4:44
i know as a species we tend to use animals for our own ends and its how we've developed to survive, however going out of your way to intentionally harm anything i think is terrible. i think its down to ignorance as many believe that as animals aren't as intelligent as we are in some ways they do not feel as we do. however enjoying inflicting pain on anything seems to me as quite primitive and the signs of a psychopath
Comment icon #89 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 10 January, 2013, 22:00
Sometimes they do. Larger objects bring up the worry about damaging your own vehicle. Not to mention that whole murder thing. http://en.wikipedia....i/Automaticity. Start there. Only a small percentage of people are truly sick puppies. Also try this to prove my fly theory. Try to walk a straight line looking at something that is slightly to the left or right. Make sure you keep looking at what your target is. See what happens to the straight line.
Comment icon #90 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 11 January, 2013, 2:06
That... can't be real... right?
Comment icon #91 Posted by Crikey on 11 January, 2013, 15:00
What he discovered ,is that people swerved ,to purposely hit the turtle.. Where? we didn't see any swervers in the video! Anyway the dummy turtle was so small that motorists wouldn't even know if it was a turtle or a chunk of mud or litter or whatever. I know there are some sick motorists out there but the guy produced no evidence that they deliberately swerved so his claim is totally invalid..
Comment icon #92 Posted by CuriousGreek on 13 January, 2013, 20:33
It's all about being a moral person or not. If you are not taught moral values, while you're a kid, then you probably won't become a moral person, when you grow up. It's very difficult (not impossible though)...
Comment icon #93 Posted by Jinxdom on 13 January, 2013, 22:07
Simbi Really, you think that has any relevance to what I said. Different factors and completely difference situation. It doesn't change anything or even negate my point. A few people would be sick enough to run over things just because and others may have something else that causes them to swerve, which is why there is such a high amount. I'm not saying sick b******* don't exist.... I'm just saying there are some other reasons as well. Lazy minds is more common in people(Which makes people prone to what I've been saying) then people being plainly sadistic.
Comment icon #94 Posted by thewild on 9 February, 2013, 13:55
I have known several folks here in Fla. to pull over and help turtles and tortises off the road. I stopped once because I saw one on the shoulder of a busy road but walking up to it I had discovered I was too late, he had been dead for some time. I have a rescue turtle in a large aquarium now that a kid kept for 9 years in a tiny box. When we eventually purchase a house I promised him his own pond outside
Comment icon #95 Posted by YukiEsmaElite0 on 29 April, 2013, 18:50
We used to live in the woods, so when we'd drive down the road, my mum would stop the car, get out and help the turtle to the other side. does that renew anyone's faith in people?
Comment icon #96 Posted by Mr Right Wing on 30 April, 2013, 13:27 A senior at an agricultural college ,did an experiment to help turtles ,and made a shocking discovery . Box turtles are in decline,.They frequently die while trying to cross roads traveled by cars. The student took a rubber turtle ,and placed it in the road ,to see if he could come to a conclusion ,about a way to help them survive this behavior . What he discovered ,is that people swerved ,to purposely hit the turtle . In an hour,at least seven cars purposely hit the turtle,while others tried to hit it ,but missed . The conclusions were that humans just p... [More]

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