The "New Scientist" magazine has published a University of Oregon study that purports to demonstrate that people like to pay taxes. The methodology was curious, however; 19 female university students were given $100 and told either that $45 would go to taxes, or would not. MRI results then "revealed" that pleasure centers lit up when those who "paid taxes" were told about it.
Interesting methodology; one wonders if the "researchers" ever considered whether it might make a difference if the subject was spending their own money, or whether it might make a difference whether the subjects had ever filled out a 1040 form or written a check for property taxes.
Once again, we have cutting edge technology in the service of absurd logic. Evidently, that's a story we're going to be hearing more and more, and having a Ph.D. doesn't seem to indicate that the researchers or reviewers have ever darkened the door of a logic class or opened a book on the subject.
Note to self; scratch the "University of Oregon" from allowable universities for my children.
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