Testing a Theory

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Testing a Theory
Julio Melara
PSY 211
August 24, 2011
Gloria S. Ringsby

Bringing a Fly Back From the Dead I do not remember where or from whom, but several years I heard that someone could bring back a fly from the dead by completely covering it in salt. I was very skeptic when I first heard about this wanted to see if it was true so decided to try for myself. I did not do any kind of formal research as I thought this was just another wild story someone had started after they probably had too many drinks and thought they saw a fly come back to life. In any case I started to kill flies and pour salt on them but could not get any of them to come back to life. After talking to one of my friends probably just joking around, the subject came up and he told me the theory about bringing a dead fly back to life was true; the trick was you could not completely squash the life out of the fly. The trick to doing this was to catch the fly and kill it by drowning it. So I decided to give it another shot and try it. One day at friends house while enjoying a nice swim I was able to catch a fly and drown it in the pool. After I knew the fly was dead I completely covered it in salt, and after what seemed to be a couple of minutes the fly started to crawl out from under the salt and took flight again. This not only made a believer out of me but I was also able to amaze my friends around the pool on that day by performing this trick. I would say that what I did to test this theory is close to how research is tested on many animals and humans – they are simply just trial and error. If I had to test out another theory, I would try and do a lot of research first before attempting to test…...

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