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At base, we are animals… (10.00)

Donnie: It, It's more than understandable. Given the circumstance, it was inevitable.

Bobby: The son of a bitch deserved it. But I earned my living by staving off the inevitable. Let the other dogs drool when the bell rings. I wait for the actual food to turn up. That way I get fed while the rest howl in the wind.

Donnie: We don't get to choose how and when we react. That's what the experiment proves.

Bobby: You've actually read Pavlov's study, haven't you?

Donnie: Yeah. I was a psych/philosophy major. Minor in economic theory, which, at Yale, is like another philosophy class.

Bobby: Broadness of thinking. That's the shit that sets you apart, Donnie.

Donnie: It's this shit that used to distract me while the other guys were racking up cartel-sized bonuses.

Bobby: No more.

Donnie: Look, no matter how civilized we get, at base, we are animals.

Bobby: Oh, yeah. I know. I know.


Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (26 September [O.S. 14 September] 1849 – 27 February 1936) was a Russian physiologist known primarily for his work in classical conditioning. From his childhood days Pavlov demonstrated intellectual curiosity along with an unusual energy which he referred to as "the instinct for research”. Inspired by the progressive ideas which D. I. Pisarev, the most eminent of the Russian literary critics of the 1860s, and I. M. Sechenov, the father of Russian physiology, were spreading, Pavlov abandoned his religious career and devoted his life to science. In 1870, he enrolled in the physics and mathematics department at the University of Saint Petersburg in order to study natural science.Pavlov won the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1904, becoming the first Russian Nobel laureate. A survey in the Review of General Psychology, published in 2002, ranked Pavlov as the 24th most cited psychologist of the 20th century. Pavlov's principles of classical conditioning have been found to operate across a variety of behavior therapies and in experimental and clinical settings, such as educational classrooms and even reducing phobias with systematic desensitization.