I am a brilliant scientist
working for a famous research lab. I have published countless papers and
theories in all the biggest science journals, to the acclaim of all my
My colleagues and I are doing some kind of important study. We stand over
a rat maze, wearing white lab coats and tapping pens on our clipboards,
humming thoughtfully to ourselves and scratching notes on our clipboards.
At the end of the rat maze is a small room with an electrified metal plate
running across the floor. On the other side of the metal plate is a piece
of cheese. The rat sees the cheese and tries to run to it, but jumps back
with a shrill scream when it touches the metal plate. But not twenty
seconds later, it tries again, with the same result. This continues for
several hours until the repeated shocks finally cause the rat's heart to
fail, and it dies.