The mice run through their maze, endlessly and pointlessly.
They finish their task, only to be put back at the beginning, to repeat their actions.
The scientists involved with the study try new stimuli, diet, drugs, anything they can think of, and record the results pages of notes, which they pass along to us.
We burn them.
We wonder how long they’ll continue the study, if they’ll continue when we adjust the heat, close the cafeteria, or get them drunk the night before.
We note how these things affect their performance, write our reports, and submit them to our superiors…