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  1. The like or dislike of Cilantro is controlled by your genetic makeup. I tastes like soap to me, the wife loves it.

  2. Yes, sensitivity to the taste of cilantro is known to be genetically linked.

    Given the way the other containers are labelled, probably that container holds not a bunch of cilantro herb, but somehow a supply of cilantro-sensitivity genes.

  3. Does anyone know what the lower left container is? It just looks like “gingang ability” to me.

  4. Singing ability?

    (Thanks for the explanation about cilantro, RAL and M4! I thought it might just have been an absurdist extra joke about throwing a jar of cilantro in with the jars of “genes.”)

  5. One further oddity about the “cilantro” beaker is that it is the only one, or anyway one of only maybe a few (“hair color” being the other pretty clear case), where the expressed trait is pretty clearly the result of classical Mendelian inheritance from a single gene or small cluster. Other fun-at-home examples like tongue-curling and Vulcan-salute didn’t make the cut, apparently, to get a mention. BTW, there are other taste tests, but usually they have chemical test strips to use instead of asking about your experience with foods you will know.

    Many of the others are widely regarded as showing some amount of “heritability”, but how much and what it means is subject to scientific and political controversy. None of those are simple cases of Mendelian inheritance of a single gene or small cluster, whatever kind of more complicated “inheritance” they do or do not evince.

    “Height” is among the features that might be consciously sought or manipulated if artificial human genetic enhancement were a reality — according to a podcast interview “Enhancing Human Beings” I recently heard, from the “Philosophy 24/7” series, hosted by Dave Edmonds (of “Philosophy Bites” fame). The also discuss some others shown on the table in the cartoon, including “intelligence” and not “singing ability” but “athletic ability”. Also the “skinny genes” being punned on. Also complicated matters like “microbial immunities”.

    I’m glad this comic prompted me to go look at the web site, as I heard the interviewee’s name said as “Anomaly” which seemed like an amusing mistake. But sure enough, it says “Dr Jonathan Anomaly is associate director of Philosophy Politics & Economics at the University of Pensylvania.”.

  6. “Pushers” heh heh!

    But wait, wouldn’t this pusher have been up on or alongside the wall, that Humpty “fell” from? Not “the streets” .

  7. In L. Frank Baum’s movie “The Patchwork Girl of Oz” (1914) a magician a magician makes a six-foot-tall rag doll and brings it to life. We see the assistant go to the cupboard and mix together potions and powders from bottles labeled “Judgement”, “Cleverness”, “Ingenuity” and “Obedience” to put into her head. https://youtu.be/m_o3T6seq7A?t=659

  8. “The like or dislike of Cilantro is controlled by your genetic makeup. I tastes like soap to me, the wife loves it.”

    My mother’s an anomaly. She once described cilantro as “It’s delicious; it tastes like soap”

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    We see the assistant go to the cupboard and mix together potions and powders from bottles labeled “Judgement”, “Cleverness”, “Ingenuity” and “Obedience” to put into her head.

    Go to the 18:38 mark and you can see my film debut!

    Ojo wasn’t an assistant so much as a visitor who felt a little sorry for the Patchwork Girl and snuck a little extra independence and cleverness than he should have.

  9. The Woozy says: My mother’s an anomaly.

    Any relation to the “Dr Jonathan Anomaly” mentioned in my long comment of MARCH 6, 2021 AT 1:33 PM?

  10. No, Her name is Anne Amelie Woozy and she thinks soap tastes nice. I think soap tastes okay but it’s best if it is spiced with honey bees.

  11. My analyze over the ocean
    My analyze over the sea
    My analyze over the ocean
    Oh bring back my anatomy

  12. Thank you, Mark in Boston. I had never heard of The Patchwork Girl of Oz or, indeed, of Frank Baum’s Oz Film Manufacturing Company. That was a fun thing to watch.

    Ah, yes, Woozy, I see your credit at 20:15, then you yourself from about 25:00.

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