Return of the Killer Dolphins

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I was reading about military trained killer dolphins (what do you do for fun?), and I can across this article about clicker training.  The description is exactly the same as the previously described Dolphin Training game.

Speaking of which, at the Shawn Kinley workshop, I learnt a variation; instead of saying ‘ding!’ the trainer just looks bored or interested.  It worked surprisingly well, but it does further complicate the question of whether this game teaches us bad or good habits.

I guess it’s better to be conditioned by signals of attention, than laughter.  BUT on stage, under lights, it’s difficult to see the audience, but easy to hear them.  So it’s easy to get trained by laughter into stupidities.

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2 Responses to “Return of the Killer Dolphins”

  1. jill Says:

    Some will tell you that all the information you need is right there in your scene partner’s eyes. Being more attentive to what’s outside of the scene than in may be a trap.

  2. improbable Says:

    But will YOU tell me that Jill?

    Isn’t one of the great things about improv that it’s theatre that’s responsive to the audience?

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