Aspen, Karma, Lemmings

Let's start our day off with an update on our Miracle Girl, Aspen Green Keeps on Chugging Machine...

Tiffany reports that Aspen Green Beauty Queen is practically a plus-size model now! She is at her highest weight ever (81 pounds) and yesterday her regular veterinarian checked Aspen out, and told Tiffany to keep doing whatever she is doing :)

Carol from Iowa sent me an email and noted that it, "...only took Aspen Green Beauty Queen No Spleen Liver Mean Trainer Fiend two weeks to train her humans on what foods she REALLY would rather eat after all these years! Heart shaped pancakes, liver wurst, roasted chicken..."

Good job to Aspen and the rest of the Greens!

And speaking of plus-size models -- Halo is also at her highest weight. She has gained over ten pounds while on chemo -- who gains weight on chemo?! Answer: Halo deVil. She is eating five meals a day so I guess not a surprise -- being hungry seems to be her chemo side effect :)

Karma thinks the new dog beds were bought especially for her.

And Zoey says that Karma can have the bed -- but she doesn't get the ball!

It is time for another critical thinking error: Popularity!!!! I knew those girls in high school were losers! Just kidding!!!! I am sure they were very nice ;)

Anyway, relying on the fact that something seems popular is not evidence -- but we are trained to think it is. It is probably the fault of commercials that sell us on products by telling us that everyone loves/prefers it. After all, who wants to be left out?! I suspect we might be programmed to think being part of the "popular" crowd is important.

Popularity is used to promote people, products, dogs, and even training methods. For example, people think that because most people train this way, it must be correct and we should train that way also. Maybe we should -- but not because it is popular, but because the method is effective. This means we also consider that the popular method is not effective or that something else is more effective -- in other words, we use evidence and not herd mentality to make choices.

Sometimes people think that because a stud dog is popular, he must be good. The reality is that he might indeed be good but we cannot rely on popularity to prove that. Instead, we must look at real evidence -- and popularity is not real evidence.

And so we combat the critical thinking error of "popularity" by insisting on evidence to determine what we think about something. We might agree with everyone else after evaluating the evidence, but we will have a reasoned basis for doing so and therefore are less likely to fall off cliffs with lemmings, so to speak...

Have a terrific evidence-based day!

8 comments

by Dianne on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 08:13

Looks gorgeous! Skinny is overrated.

by Tiffany Green on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 09:07

Lovin' that Aspen & Halo are enjoying their food & having the appetite to become "plus sized models"!
Not sure there's a better part of the day than watching her eat.
Gotta love the extra pounds on Karma, too. ;-)

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!

by Nancy Krusell on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 15:31

Can tell by her face how happy she is with what you are giving her! Great job, all...keep those yummy foods and smiles coming.

by Lori S. on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:09

Aspen looks like the picture of health! Yay!! Sounds like food is doing good things for Halo, too.

by Jennifer Z on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 16:19

Wow, Aspen looks fantastic! A miracle plus size model indeed! I love what you say Tiffany about watching her eat being the best part of the day. I so understand that. And go Halo too! Maybe a picture of that Beauty Queen?

by Favorite Auntie... on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 19:24

Kickin' rear, takin' names, eating their dinner! Love it.

by CA Heidi on Fri, 02/22/2013 - 22:04

I love the posting for today! Hearing that we have a pretty plethora of pluses to praise makes me VERY happy! Hooray!!!

~H

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