How strong is academia’s death-grip on the obvious? Stronger than a dog’s jaws clamped onto a chew toy.

There is no subject on earth so obvious that an academic won’t study it — on someone else’s dime, of course.

In the weekly videocast a few weeks ago, I mentioned that dogs dream, jokingly suggesting that this could be some academic’s Ph.D. thesis.

Guess what? The world we live in is beyond satire:

Fido’s expressive face, including those longing puppy-dog eyes, may lead owners to wonder what exactly is going on in that doggy’s head. Scientists decided to find out, using brain scans to explore the minds of our canine friends.

The findings?

“These results indicate that dogs pay very close attention to human signals”

Really? No kidding? Who knew…?

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