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28 Responses to The Five Monkeys Experiment

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    kitteh9lives Female 70 & Over
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    December 1, 2011 at 11:16 am
    Link: The Five Monkeys Experiment - A lesson learned and taught by monkeys.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    December 1, 2011 at 12:17 pm
    Harlow`s experiment is often compared to corporate culture in terms of rules, processes, etc. vis-a-vis formation and continuance.
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    Grendel Male 40-49
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    December 1, 2011 at 12:18 pm
    I`ve got this story (slightly better told) posted, with graphics, on my office cork-board.
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    SpoonFork Male 30-39
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    December 1, 2011 at 1:40 pm
    Those that don`t remember the past are doomed to repeat it. Unless, of course, there`s an entity that controls things like in the vid. Which leaves me confused as to what the message was.
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    robosnitz Male 40-49
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    December 1, 2011 at 2:26 pm
    AND,..........?????
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    RyanHake Male 18-29
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    December 1, 2011 at 2:39 pm
    Was just talking about this the other day haha
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    Intaresting Male 18-29
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    December 1, 2011 at 2:52 pm
    This story is so old...
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    Gottamgear Male 18-29
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    December 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm
    @Intaresting so is your avatar. Old and overdone, so whats your point trollface? Problem?
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    tsiemens Male 30-39
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    December 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm
    Why should people continue to accept that half their earnings are stolen by the gov`t? Same answer as the monkey, wake up.
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    December 1, 2011 at 3:52 pm
    "If you asked one of the monkeys why the beatings took place, the answer would probably be..."

    Ooh Ah Ah!


    I think I`m more correct than the video.
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    InTheNameOf Male 30-39
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    December 1, 2011 at 4:05 pm
    Ah, so thats the reason people believe in god. I always wondered about that.
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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    December 1, 2011 at 5:12 pm
    Yeah, it is called observational learning, and is the same thing that allows us to communicate with language. Why is that animal called a "dog" - I don`t know, that`s just what we call it, as we have for centuries. The answer was that monkeys in the past discovered that climbing the ladder harms the group, and the new monkeys learned to prevent ladder climbing without experiencing the harm for themselves.

    You know not to shoot yourself with a gun, even though you`ve never been actually shot, because you`ve heard stories about people getting shot, you know it makes them die or at least hurt really bad, and you catch on quickly. The monkeys catch on that climbing the ladder might hurt the group.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    December 1, 2011 at 7:21 pm
    It`s a parable about book religions and conventional `morality`.
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    SarahofBorg Female 18-29
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    December 1, 2011 at 7:43 pm
    I doubt this test. From what I know of monkeys, they don`t have a strong cultural learning. They only mimic what others do if there`s a reason to. They don`t just do things because it`s what they learned, because monkeys don`t actually teach each other, they just copy each other. In fact, a monkey is more likely to not do something obviously pointless it was told to do than a human is.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    December 1, 2011 at 8:11 pm
    Yup, that`s the real reason for a LOT of human behaviours!
    And some IABers said "Skinner Boxes" weren`t science...
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    LazyMe484 Male 18-29
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    December 1, 2011 at 8:24 pm
    I love it. This is brilliant.

    But to go so far as to say we, as humans, can learn something from it may be pushing it. We have better communication for instance.

    except of course...

    Ah, so thats the reason people believe in god.
    Interesting! I`ma ponder this one s`more.
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    Draculya Male 40-49
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    December 2, 2011 at 7:51 am
    @InTheNameOf except that at one time, there really was a cold shower.
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    December 2, 2011 at 7:54 am
    And some IABers said "Skinner Boxes" weren`t science...

    Obvious instigation comment is obvious.
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    gary8162 Male 40-49
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    December 2, 2011 at 8:04 am
    This has already been done on humans. It`s called prison.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    December 2, 2011 at 10:26 am
    vv Well it`s true @patchy! This is a Skinner Box, the experiment conducted can lead to inferential knowledge about why humans behave. Plain as day, eh?
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    patchgrabber Male 30-39
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    December 2, 2011 at 11:34 am
    the experiment conducted can lead to inferential knowledge about why humans behave

    Science, you`re doing it wrong.
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    scallywagger Male 18-29
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    December 2, 2011 at 2:01 pm
    I like how the monkey had a southern accent. nice touch
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    December 2, 2011 at 5:32 pm
    "Science, you`re doing it wrong."

    You`d prefer experiments on humans?

    srsly

    PS: I am not intending to insult anyone, I`m pointing out how well the last time human experimentation went, m-kay? Whenever I hear criticism of animal testing, I think of this guy & what he did.
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    intrigid Male 18-29
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    December 2, 2011 at 6:51 pm
    @5Cats

    You don`t understand. He`s saying the science is poor, not immoral.
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    5Cats Male 50-59
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    December 3, 2011 at 9:02 am
    Yes @intrigid, but I`m saying to get "better" science would be worse, you follow?
    This is the best we can get, so use it. Don`t b1tch & moan that it`s not good enough.
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    GasMaskKid Male 18-29
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    December 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm
    "Whenever I hear criticism of animal testing, I think of this guy & what he did."

    Yeah, at least animal testing wasn`t as bad as the Holocaust.
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    chet913 Male 13-17
    48 posts
    December 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm
    how about people stop bitching about animal testing (peta) and go and volunteer themselves for testing. this would spare the animals any harm, oh wait they wouldnt do that it would hurt them. soooo if they wont volunteer themselves in place of animals then they really dont care as much as they pretend to.
    anyway monkeys are awesome and therefore need to be inhumanly tested on because its funny and science.
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    kangoala Male 18-29
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    March 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm
    Am I the only one that found the underlying message in this video pretty awesomely demonstrated?

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