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Are Plant-Eaters Smarter and More Empathetic Than Meat-Eaters?

Human, monkey, pig.  Wrapped inside the giant magnetic coil of an magnetic imaging resonance (MRI) scanner, three silent animal videos flash up and then disappear in front of a test subject's eyes.  Each animal moves their mouth, contorting into shapes, which could be speaking, or not.  Five years ago, in the spring of 2013, a total of 60 subjects took turns to face functional MRI scans, a technique giving new insights in the workings of the mind, which feeds out images of brain slices showing when mental activity fills areas of the brain with oxygen or empties them out.  Twenty meat-eaters, 19 vegetarians and 21 vegans were put to the test.  Read more...



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