It seems some engineers would like to take us past the uncanny valley and make us empathize with our inevitable robot overlords.
The whole gift-exchange scenario is a lose-lose situation. Science has spent a surprising amount of time studying it an everything you thought you knew is wrong.
In school you learned a few scientific concepts that prepared you for a lifetime of understanding. And we're about to take that away from you.
It's worth reiterating that modern geniuses are more than capable of mooning physics with the twin butt-cheeks of innovation and technology.
We have hit that theoretical point in time when our machines become bigger dicks than we are.
It turns out some scientists not only have a sense of humor, but can be sassy little shits if you give them half a chance ... even if it means damaging their own careers or entire scientific fields in the process.
It's freaky when actual animals turn into serial killers, stalking prey and evading capture in a way that makes the shark in 'Jaws' look like an incompetent asshole.
Teachers are people, too, and people have this nasty tendency to occasionally lob whatever untruth comes flying at them right back at somebody else like a game of bullshit ping pong.
The real world bites, but it's sure better than where you came from.
Every once in a while we uncover a species so vile and so contrary to all that we consider precious and good that it makes us seriously wonder if all this exploration nonsense is worth the hassle.
Thank you, science, for providing us with valid reasons for being forgetful assholes.