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Not so much a thought experiment as a single neuron misfire.
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"It's those TV networks, Marge. They won't let me. One quality show after another, each one fresher and more brilliant than the last." Homer Simpson
TV, internet, books, there always seems to be something more pressing than bedtime.
I want a timer in the home's power box that switches all non-essential
power circuits off after a chosen time and switches them back on in the morning. I know there are home power control systems, but they all seem too fancy. I want a single, discrete, off-the-shelf device that fits in exactly where the switches normally reside in the switch box.
Millions of Americans Don't Get Enough Sleep
Seven hours of rest a night is important for good health, expert says [xaviergisz, Jan 13 2010]
Per capita wine consumption by country
/Why does it only affect the Americans, I wonder?/ [bungston, Jan 13 2010]
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Geneology of behavior? [rcarty, Jan 13 2010]
||Why does it only affect the Americans, I wonder?
||Perhaps American TVs and computers don't have off switches built in to them?
||I think the Americans are afflicted because of markedly inadequate wine consumption (see link). Residents of other countries are likely slumped in their chairs by 845 PM, muttering ribald songs and gnawing corks in their sleep.
||I've read that the British were/ are aversive of electric light. [Link]
||//I've read that the British were/ are aversive of electric light//
Not just electric light: "The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys."
Sir Wiliam Preece, Chief Engineer of the Post Office, 1876 (though, in his defence, Preece was instrumental in the development of radio)