RE: Spoiled Reward-Pathway Hypothesis

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    On 28 Aug 2001, at 14:37, Vincent Campbell wrote:

    > >> I'm prepared to be laughed at here, but what about the Giant
    > Panda?
    > >> It's not exactly adapted for a bamboo only diet, isn't this
    > addictive
    > >> behaviour?
    > <What inspired you to say this Vincent? To the best of my
    > > knowledge, Panda's are highly adapted to eating bamboo; they have
    > > suitably tough throats and stomachs to handle bamboo trunks and
    > > splinters. Therefore I don't, in any way, find it possible to
    > > conceive of this vital activity as damaging addictive behavior. On
    > > the contrary.>
    > >
    > Well I'm probably wrong, but I thought that the Giant Panda's
    > overall body design suggested an origin as a carnivore that developed
    > a taste for bamboo that it is now tied to in a way that is leading to
    > its extinction (bar human intervention to save it). That's what
    > prompted me to suggest this. >
    It's the Panda's Thumb that's the problem (see the book by
    Stephen Jay Gould of the same name)

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