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02.2013 / the pit of despair

the question: if you were to design hell, how would you make it?

A small, black box that is not tall enough to sit up in, and not long enough to lay down in.

via if you were to design hell, how would you make it ? : AskReddit.

if you were to design hell, how would you make it ? : AskReddit

while it seems like a horrible idea, it’s even worse to know this sort of hell exists (apparently people are regularly tortured this way), and the consequences of it have been tested scientifically (on monkeys, but nonetheless). And so, from the reddit comments, I welcome you to the Pit of Despair, which use case was to “produce an animal model of clinical depression“.

The suffering didn’t end there. Female monkeys, despite being incapable of having sexual relations because of their emotional damage, were tied to a “rape rack” (his name, again) and forced to birth offspring. And they all became terrible mothers. They continued the cycle of abuse, much like humans do. (via)

Well fuck everything about it. From Wikipedia:

“Not even in our most devious dreams could we have designed a surrogate as evil as these real monkey mothers were,” he wrote. Having no social experience themselves, they were incapable of appropriate social interaction. One mother held her baby’s face to the floor and chewed off his feet and fingers. Another crushed her baby’s head. Most of them simply ignored their offspring.

Harry Harlow is partly responsible for the whole “Animal Rights Movement”. The real bitter side of it all: he was depressed. This sick guy, who used Common Sense experiments to prove that humans (or animals) needed love and affection, was himself lacking of it. His wife died of cancer.

I wish someone had studied him instead. For intensely disturbing visualisation, YouTube is helpful as always.

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