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Computer Science and Economics
Voorhees NJ

Pursuit predators

Arthur Johnston on Monday, 08 January 2007. Posted in Academic Calendar

Much like the Terminator I'm back from vacation (minus the original's broken leg). The wierd thing about coming back is even though we are technically in the fourth week of classes since we just came back from a two week break it feels like a whole new quarter. Some professors like to ease their way back to classes by taking everything slowly. My first two years here I followed there lead and did likewise. Now I know that winter break instead of being a time to take a break from the quarter is instead a time to kick it up a notch. This means that by the time 5th or 6th week rolls around and everyone else is back to speed I have a head start on all of them.

In case you are wondering what this has to do with my post title I would like to share a fun fact I learned over break. Humans are one of only two pursuit predators known to man. Most other predators either ambush their prey like a lion or chase their prey down over a short distance, like a cheetah. Since most animals can outrun us humans were believed to hunt by approaching an animal until it ran away. Then approaching it again. And again. And again. Sooner or later the animal who be to exhausted to run any more and then it was dinner time.

Now I like to take a lesson from my ancestors and tirelessly pursue my goals until I catch them. Then I eat them.

P.S. I your goal is something besides food you probably should not eat it. Remember the wisdom of Einstein, "If you don't know what it is, don't put it in your mouth"