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by princeporn (Initiate)
on Jan 12, 2001 at 22:23 UTC ( #51420=user: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Monkey Story

Basically, there was an experiment in which 4 monkeys (monkey 1, monkey 2, monkey 3, monkey 4) were placed in a room. At one end of the room there was a small step-ladder, above which a bucket was hung containing food.

Whenever one of the monkeys climbed the step-ladder and reached towards the bucket, the remaining monkeys would be squirted by high-powered hoses. The 3 other monkeys would go wild, and attack the monkey trying to get to the food, as they eventually saw him as the reason behind the hoses.

A month later, the scientists removed monkey1, and introduced a new one (monkey5) to the environment. Needless to say, the new monkey went straight for the food, and monkeys 2 3 & 4 administered a vicious beating. There was only one vital difference : The scientists did not turn on the water hoses. The other 3 monkeys new what was going to happen, and tried to pre-empt it by beating monkey 5.

Each month, the scientists would remove one of the remaining original monkeys, (2 3 & 4) and introduce a new monkey. Each month, the new monkey would go for the food and suffer the beating.

In the end, the room contained four monkeys (5, 6, 7 & 8) who had never experienced the water hoses, yet, whenever a new monkey was introduced and went for the food, the delivered a beating.

This was supposed to show that knowledge passed down will influence other's decisions. My choice of a name was to find out if this was true, and I suppose it was, when even newer people thought me to be an annoyance.

It probably doesn't make sense but I don't really care.

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