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Copertina del fumetto Supernormal Stimuli. Vignetta Loro Vivono poster del film. Occhiali da sole dinosauro raptor velociraptor.Velociraptor raptor dinosauro dente occhio artiglio vignetta disegnata. Selezione naturale. Un processo che modifica i corpi delle creature. Cosi come il loro comportamento.Vignetta velociraptors raptors dinosauri. Un repertorio di reazioni. Agli stimoli ambientali che una creatura selvatica troverà levigate da milioni di anni di prove ed errori.Disegno di un cervello. Istinto.Disegno fumetto scienziato con binocoli. Presentiamo: Niko Tinbergen. Un biologo olandese affascinato dal comportamento degli animali. Sperimenta sistematicamente cosa innesca i loro comportamenti.Vignetta con ape. Uomo con occhiali che legge un foglio. I colori, le forme, gli odori, modelli e sensazioni che formano le fondamenta degli istinti. Tinbergen ebbe successo nel isolare i tratti che innescano certi istinti e quindi fece una interessante scoperta.Code di pavoni. Disegno di penne di pavoni. L'istinto non ha limiti. Invece di fermarsi a un “punto idealmente perfetto” l'istinto continua ad essere attivato da stimoli irrealistici. Una volta che i ricercatori hanno isolato l'innesco dell'istinto possono creare pupazzi con caratteristiche esagerate, ma che gli animali preferiscono ad alternative realistiche.Uccellini. Disegno di nido di uccelli. I genitori di passeri, preferiscono cibare finti passerotti, con bocche più larghe e più rosse della vera prole e gli stessi piccoli ignorano i propri genitori per chiedere cibo da falsi becchi con impronte più drammatiche.Vignetta con aquario vicino all finestra. Vedere rosso, letteralmente. I maschi di spinarelli ignorano rivali reali per attaccare repliche di legno con pance colorate vivacemente reagivano territorialmente addirittura anche quando il furgone rosso della posta passava vicino al laboratorio.Uccello nido uovo volando. Falena fiamma di candela disegno. I passeri abbandonano le loro pallide uova pezzate di grigio e si siedono su finte uova a pois blu fluorescenti cosi grandi che gli uccelli scivolano giù in continuazione. Tinbergen li ha chiamati “ supernormal stimuli”. Un dirottamento degli istinti animali oltre il loro scopo evolutivo.Niko Tinbergen scienziato maschio occhiali dipinto uova scrivania vignetto fumetto. Tinbergen e i suoi studenti crearono supernormal stimuli per studiare gli animali delle loro ricerche. Ma c'era già una creatura che creava attivamente supernormal stimuli da usare su se stessa. La razza umana.Prateria africana elefante alberi di acacia. Grattacieli di una città impegnata folla cartelli fumetto vignetta. Con istinti che si sono evoluti per la caccia e la raccolta nelle savane 10,000 anni fa molti esseri umani oggi si trovano in un ambiente molto diverso.Disegno di lancia cervello microscopio. Cinghiale foresta vignetta di buffet. Le nostre tecnologie e la densità di popolazione sono cambiate in maniera incredibile in un breve tempo, l'evoluzione non ha avuto possibilità di stare al passo. I nostri cervelli sono gli stessi dei nostri antenati cacciatori-raccoglitori. I nostri istinti focalizzati a cercare delle rare ricompense in un mondo di scarsità ci spingono in tutte le direzioni in un mondo di supernormal stimuli.Possiamo mangiare cibo raffinato molto più dolce, salato e grasso di qualunque cosa disponibile ai nostri antenati. Sediamo senza muoverci per ore, seguendo storie di “vita” di personaggi immaginari oppure saltiamo nel loro mondo e cerchiamo di essere loro. Possiamo creare personaggi più attraenti dei nostri bambini o animali pornografia accessibile a chiunque voglia vederla e una tonnellata di altre distrazioni impazienti di dirottare la nostra attenzione.Notte sulla citta' luna stelle notte edifici fumetto vignetta. Di sicuro abbiamo abbastanza tempo libero, abbastanza benessere per concederci qualcuno dei piaceri che il supernormal stimuli ci può dare. Ma quando e' abbastanza?Teschio di dinosauro raptor velociraptor cervello teschio silhouette. E la sua influenza e' più forte di quanto ci piaccia ammettere.Disegno di dinosauri raptor velociraptors. Vignetta del centro commerciale. Confrontati con il supernormal stimuli. Spesso ci sentiamo come se la nostra forza di volontà si fosse pietrificata.Disegno della statua del Pensatore. Vignetta di Auguste Rodin. Ma abbiamo il dono di un altro strato sopra il cervello da rettile. Un altro pezzo di circuito capace di controllare o reindirizzare l'istinto che viene dal nostro cervello da rettile. Pensiero cosciente. La mente.Disegno del pensatore. Vignetta sul mettersi gli occhiali. Siamo la sola creatura che può eludere il falso e scegliere il vero. Una scelta che richiede una grande dose di forza di volontà. Una scelta disponibile solamente per chi ha imparato a vedere i pupazzi che ci circondano.Disegno del poster del film Loro Vivono. Disegno di occhiali da sole. Dinosauro raptor velociraptor. Solo chi riesce a vedere il supernormal può imparare a zittire il rettile.

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Comments

Charlotte

4 May 2017

Hello Stuart! I love, love, LOVE this one! Also, I'm also an illustrator (and I've started doing comics to!) and I wonder what model of wacom you use? Can you recommend it? Best, /Charlotte Ps. I just followed you on insta ('monstersweshare'). You should post more (ok, not "should", I don't like the word "should", but it would be aweome to see more of your art and working process there! There is so much superficiality at insta today so it would be great to see some thoughtful and genuine art there as yours! Plus I think more people would find you and your art that way. Keep up the great work! :)

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22 January 2017

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seanmcchapman

10 November 2016

Awesome comic. I'm fighting everyday to push instinct away from myself to focus more on things but im surrounded with distractions that I can't even enjoy because I know I shouldn't, because I have college work. Even when I don't have work I stress that I might have something. I give into doing nothing resting these days because it's not fun but it's still a waste of time... Idk Love the comic! I make comics too but nothing meaningful or teaching anything yet

Aidan

24 July 2016

where is the data regarding humans being affected in this way? citations, please.

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12 July 2016

[…] Sidenote: Here is a good comic on supernormal stimuli (Link to comic) […]

Divakar

21 May 2016

Thank you very much for this wonderful work

Andrew

10 March 2016

Stuart this is amazing work! Thank you for your time and generosity.

Lou

26 January 2016

Epigenetics rewrites phylogeny. So well put. I am an At Large educator, focusing on critical thinking, Logic, and Human self knowledge. Epigenetics has allowed me to say, " your DNA does not have the instructions to build you, it has the instructions to build 10, 000 variations of you, depending on what signals reach you as you develop. We, as linguistic creatures may even have our genetic expression altered, by our intellectual environment as well as our physical one.

Lou Alvis

26 January 2016

i would like to know if it would be possible, to take your excellent materials and make the available as a video/slideshow. voice over or no voice over, suitable for posting on video hosting sites. I am an At Large educator, and this lessons is the most universally accessible have found. I would HAPPILY volunteer for this project.

idealkraft Wochenschau ? KW 40/2015 » idealkraft

2 October 2015

[…] Supernormal Stimuli Dies ist das erste Mal, dass ich einen Cartoon in der Wochenschau verlinke. Doch Supernatural Stimuli von Stuart McMillen ist so gelungen, dass ich mir das nicht nehmen lasse. Er illustriert mit eindrucksvollen Bildern, welchen unnatürlichen Reizen der Mensch des 21. Jahrhunderts ausgesetzt ist, und welche Probleme das aufwirft. Die Lösung: Solche Reize erkennen und richtig bewerten. […]

Chase

21 September 2015

Evolutionary biology, genetics, evolutionary psychology, etc have barely scratched the surface of the nature of their studies. I say this as epigenetics isn't widely known or taught yet. When I took ap bio, there wasn't even a mention of it. Evolution was described as an essentially random process, that a gecko that looks exactly like a leaf got there by random genetic mutations, but epigenetics shows out environment has a direct effect on our gene expression. Epigenetics rewrites phylogeny, especially among the diverse life in the sea, where coral have animal dna, buy can have plant rna. It is responsible for many differences between closely related species, and the muted expression of certain genes I. Domesticated organism, see many experiments in foxes, or more obviously, dogs, and humans.

Ahmad Elsaid

18 August 2015

Wow! Thank you!

Aaron Brachfeld

7 August 2015

This is a great comic! I'd like to review and promote your work in my newspaper, the Meadowlark Herald. How should I submit a request to interview you? Aaron Brachfeld Meadowlark Herald meadowlarkherald@gmail.com

Dominic J Marshall

9 July 2015

great comic

Kurt

6 July 2015

Excellent piece which perfectly captures the concept of supernormal stimuli. Thank you.

King Charles

3 July 2015

Enjoyed your post! Cheers

kudzai mungani

8 May 2015

you are the best mate.your stuff is the future love it and inspired

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5 May 2015

[…] I picked up a term recently that stemmed from Niko Tinbergen?s research in animal behavior, about supernormal stimuli– which he used to manipulate animals? behavior- and I think you see a lot of that in […]

vf

9 March 2015

This is by far my favourite comic strip ever. So much truth presented in such a badass manner!

Stimulii supernormali |

9 February 2015

[…] nostru reptilian î?i spune cuvântul. Iat? aici o band? desenat? care explic? de ce func?ion?m […]

Cleo

25 January 2015

Being aware is so important, and learning how to be authentic to yourself ( to act on your own instinct) and unfollow the crowd is not easy but is achievable - small steps! Loved the comic!

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23 January 2015

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22 January 2015

[…] Our brain’s pleasure center can now get all the pleasure it wants without much effort – it’s like getting a participation trophy or earning achievement points just for turning the game on. Everything is out of whack! Stuart McMillen does a great job of explaining this in a comic. […]

Francois

4 January 2015

Absolutely amazing. You just put it all so simple and clear. Love it.

Carmen

13 December 2014

Brilliant.

Aman Sohi

8 December 2014

Very informative

IRINA

7 December 2014

Great message! Very empowering for those who will choose to remember it! :)

Matthew

5 December 2014

Amazing work.

Why you?re secretly addicted to food porn

16 November 2014

[…] examples of naturally occurring stimuli, he could manipulate the behavior of various animals. This comic explains it in beautiful detail, but one of his experiments included constructing unrealistically […]

Pabriel

30 September 2014

Liked the artwork and evolutionary commentary.

Iskra Corvino

6 September 2014

Great Job! I love it!

Patrick Vyncke

5 September 2014

I've read a lot about supernormal stimuli, yet never had it explained as clearly as in this comic. Fantastic art work that captures the essence of the concept and even induces critical thinking!

Mark

5 August 2014

Excellent comic. $2? Yoink. By the way I suggest calling it a "minimum donation" of $2. You might get more money that way! I'll be back to read more.

Saksham Kapoor

23 July 2014

Awesome! Great piece.

Ricardo

30 June 2014

Amazing explanation, terrific comic. Thanks for this.

Subha Kumar

26 June 2014

Simply Brilliant!

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28 May 2014

[…] bergambar dari Stuart Mcmillen ini bisa menyingkat banyak narasi tekstual tentang riset nobelis Niko Tinbergen dan Konrad Lorenz, […]

Keith

21 May 2014

Love the glasses/"They Live" reference

David

18 May 2014

Thank you, Evolutionary biology made simple enough for a child to understand and relate to. Simplicity is a rarity. I'd be interested in seeing more psychological-based comics such as this.. Anyway time to watch some porn and eat a twix :P

Supernormal Stimuli: Is Your Brain Built For Porn, Junk Food And The Internet? | Lifehacker Australia

16 May 2014

[…] a bit more clearly: what exactly is a supernormal stimulus? Comic artist Stuart McMillen has a great comic to explain the concept. You should definitely read it first to get a good understanding of what a […]

Dillon Merriweather

15 May 2014

Thank you for making this comic. I have never been able to work through this thought process so fully. Thank you for the new word and a more understanding perspective. :)

Gaurav Ramesh

15 May 2014

A very thought-provoking comic/article ! Nice work.

Ian

14 May 2014

A very articulate and well thought out article, with the added bonus of it being an exceptionally drawn comic strip as well! I'm very curious about anything to do with the mind, be it psychology, psychotherapy, neuroscience, habits & behaviours etc and using a stimuli as captivating as this is a great way to learn basic to complex concepts of the subjects you showcase. Keep up the great work, Stuart!

Akira

14 May 2014

Dear Stuart, Thank you so much for this mind-opening comic. Can I translate it to Japanese?

Tina

4 March 2014

First I've seen of yours, thanks to a Facebook share. Very impressed. As a psychotherapist, I help people use their rational brain to override the Limbic, (reptilian) brain, so I'm intimately aware of this. Thanks for making it so accessible.

Promythius

11 February 2014

This is golder than gold thank you!

Dave H

5 November 2013

Facking DYNOMITE! My reptilian brain likes this stimulus

theo

17 October 2013

I guess in humans the primal brain part also gives us searching for super stimuli in greatness such as in gods and miracles, no?

Tim Wheaton

27 May 2013

That was fantastic! I was already familiar with the science, so I'm talking solely about the way your art made me engrossed in something I already know. :)

Kris

26 October 2012

This is the best one of yours I've read so far! Well thought out, funny and thought provoking, and don't think I didn't catch the They Live reference!!

Victor

12 October 2012

As many others have posted... Thank you, thank you, thank you Stuart!

Crowdfunding: your generosity needed to fund my next comic. - Stuart McMillen comics

3 October 2012

[...] and thematically, Rat Park will be a mix between St Matthew Island, Supernormal Stimuli and War on Drugs. It is a story I have researched, but have not yet been able to write or draw [...]

Louis Dam-Mikkelsen

18 September 2012

A very good read. Bookmarked.

max

18 September 2012

GOOD STUFF!!!

Supernormal Stimuli reflections - Stuart McMillen blog

27 August 2012

[...] Supernormal Stimuli describes the studies of Dutch biologist Niko Tinbergen, who sought to understand the root of animal instincts. Tinbergen’s experiments showed that instinctual behaviour could be triggered by specific sensations, such as colours, shapes or smells. Surprisingly, the animals would still respond with the full behavioural response even if the stimuli was exaggerated beyond realistic limits. [...]

The Comic Art of Stuart McMillen: Supernormal Stimuli

25 July 2012

[...] Supernormal Stimuli describes the studies of Dutch biologist Niko Tinbergen, who sought to understand the root of animal instincts. Tinbergen’s experiments showed that instinctual behaviour could be triggered by specific sensations, such as colours, shapes or smells. Surprisingly, the animals would still respond with the full behavioural response even if the stimuli was exaggerated beyond realistic limits. [...]

Supernormal Stimuli thoughts - Stuart McMillen comics blog

28 June 2012

[...] An explanation to these questions may be found in my latest comic – Supernormal Stimuli. [...]

Elaine

28 June 2012

Thank you, Stuart. Thank you. You made me think!

Elise

29 April 2012

Well done Stu! Loved it.

anon

27 April 2012

oooh shiny colorful icons? must? buy? pdf?

hum

27 April 2012

we sleep - THEY LIVE

Paul & Deb McMillen

27 April 2012

Great to be with you on your new site. Exciting to see the evolution of your work over the past 20 years - can you believe that! As thought provoking and informative as ever. We await the next. Warm wishes.

Nick

27 April 2012

Excellent work, Stuart. Quite thought-provoking :)

Arne

27 April 2012

Absolutely amazing! Great artwork and story! Very impressed!

Tureczek

26 April 2012

Unbelieveable! This is fantastic!

cameron

26 April 2012

excellent as per usual Stubart. I await the next.

Jason H

26 April 2012

Great work. Best yet. Cheers J

Emily R

26 April 2012

Great work Stu, I loved it. You are truly gifted.

ryan

26 April 2012

Its exciting to see some new work from you. Great as always. I like the new site too.

Emme

26 April 2012

This installment of You Are Not So Smart (http://youarenotsosmart.com/2012/04/17/ego-depletion/) is extremely relevant to the issue of primal stimuli and the reserves of willpower we need to resist them. I encourage you to take a look at it.

Sam

26 April 2012

After having read your research section, I had to add that I loved the solution to this problem of supernormal stimuli, which is 'Get of the plaster egg' !! Well said. :-)

Sam

26 April 2012

*Loved* this one. Brilliant! But oh-so-many philosophical and scientific issues it brings up... for example, is it realistic to argue that we can over-ride our instincts and attraction for the supernormal stimuli when the planet is groaning under the weight of the west's obesity, and porn makes up an absurdly high % of web traffic? All signs point to 'no' I think ;-) ...but then again a small percentage of people do seem to be able to ignore the fast food and porn... and yet... one of the defining characteristics of Homo sapiens is our curiosity and thirst for knowledge... who's to say that the internet, and libraries before that, are not to be considered 'supernormal stimuli' -i.e. the web as information-porn.... I'm certainly guilty of that 'abusing' that instinct! The other issue is the rigidity of our brains... I'm not arguing against this attraction to supernormal instinct, but I did read a book recently called The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, and it argues that our brains are far more 'plastic' than medicine or science previously thought... and that we're far less 'hardwired' than we ever thought. Which is good and bad news perhaps, in hat if those supernormal attractions do manage to reel us in, they really could shape our brains to be far more 'maladjusted' (I would argue), than if we *were* more hardwired.... if that makes sense. Anyway, I really enjoyed this, and keep up the good work!

Luke

26 April 2012

Nice one!!!

Jason

26 April 2012

I love this. Real life makes for good comics!

Jenna

26 April 2012

I like the way you philosophically present facts without forcing an agenda down anyone's throat. It's lovely food for thought :)

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