Ivan Pavlov, Of The Salivating Dogs, Was Born This Day 168-Years Ago; September 14, 1849.
An interesting & educational YouTube video.
I had to write this post as soon as I learned it was the great man’s birthday — it was Pavlovian!
I am fond of his work so, to be fair, I would have written this even if it wasn’t Pavlovian.
Easy to forget that what he was really researching was DIGESTION in dogs and not conditioning! The above video makes that very clear.
Also note that it is his birthday PER the Julian calendar that was being used in Russia at the time! The Russians used the Julian calendar till 1919 — i.e., post revolution! Wow. Between 1800 and 1900 the difference between the two calendars was 12-days. Hence the September 14/September 26 ‘confusion’.
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