Conditioned Chimps


eh1eh
#1
Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it. Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray all of the other monkeys with cold water.

After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm! Likewise, replace a third original monkey with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.

Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the banana. Why not? Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been done around here.

So you have probably seen this at work too. Now you can look at those back stabbers and ladder climbers not as such, but simply as conditioned chimps who don't know any better.

 
Twila
#2
Dang! that's impressive. Although it proves we humans are not as unique and special as we think if chimps can also learn from the mistakes of others....
 
hermanntrude
#3
oook!
 
eh1eh
#4
Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

Dang! that's impressive. Although it proves we humans are not as unique and special as we think if chimps can also learn from the mistakes of others....

Or...simply repeat other peoples mistakes because everybody is doing it for some unknown reason.
 
eh1eh
#5
Quote: Originally Posted by hermanntrudeView Post

oook!

eek eek!
 
hermanntrude
#6
snarl <beats eh1eh on the head with a bone>
 
Twila
#7
Quote:

Or...simply repeat other peoples mistakes because everybody is doing it for some unknown reason.

Ah, that's known as Tradition. A mysterious force that guides many of us...
 
Dreadful Nonsense
#8
Same thing happened at the Vine....
 
hermanntrude
#9
<randomly humps and beats other members>

EEK EEK OOK OOK!
 
Dreadful Nonsense
#10
Quote: Originally Posted by hermanntrudeView Post

<randomly humps and beats other members>

EEK EEK OOK OOK!

slips leg in....uuu aaaaaahh..mmmmmm
 
hermanntrude
#11
<viciously mauls DD>

ookaooka

<jumps on highest branch nearby and raises arms in triumph, showing fangs>

eeeeeek :0)
 
Dreadful Nonsense
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by hermanntrudeView Post

<viciously mauls DD>

ookaooka

<jumps on highest branch nearby and raises arms in triumph, showing fangs>

eeeeeek :0)

*sits back lights up a smoke.....inhales deeply ..*sighs...god he's gooood*

eekk oookkk mmmmmm
Last edited by Dreadful Nonsense; Aug 29th, 2007 at 11:21 AM..Reason: forgot the chimp chat
 
Dreadful Nonsense
#13
*note to self*

I gotta get a life mate.....you just had cyber monkey sex online with guy called hermann pretending to be a chimpannzee....and it was all done publically....
 
Twila
#14
well isn't this a weird little foray into instability and insanity....Eh1 may have to change the premise of his OP
 
hermanntrude
#15
hehehe got to love a good frenzy
 
eh1eh
#16
Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

well isn't this a weird little foray into instability and insanity....Eh1 may have to change the premise of his OP

This is where I saw it going. <rubs bump on head, wonders where it came from>
 
Dreadful Nonsense
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by TwilaView Post

well isn't this a weird little foray into instability and insanity....Eh1 may have to change the premise of his OP

Morris had similiar complaints last night.....sheeeeeesh...
 
Twila
#18
Morris? As in Morris the cat? I love Morris the cat...cats rule!!
 

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