The Five Monkeys Experiment

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 5 years ago

Five Monkeys from Michael Basilico on Vimeo.


A lesson learned and taught by monkeys.
There are 28 comments:
Male 702
Am I the only one that found the underlying message in this video pretty awesomely demonstrated?
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Male 48
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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Male 694
"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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Male 36,410
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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Male 914
@5Cats

You don`t understand. He`s saying the science is poor, not immoral.
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Male 36,410
"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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Male 13
I like how the monkey had a southern accent. nice touch
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Male 5,811
[quote]the experiment conducted can lead to inferential knowledge about why humans behave[/quote]

Science, you`re doing it wrong.
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Male 36,410
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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Male 945
This has already been done on humans. It`s called prison.
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Male 5,811
[quote]And some IABers said "Skinner Boxes" weren`t science...[/quote]

Obvious instigation comment is obvious.
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Male 14,774
@InTheNameOf except that at one time, there really was a cold shower.
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Male 10,440
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...

[quote] Ah, so thats the reason people believe in god.[/quote]
Interesting! I`ma ponder this one s`more.
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Male 36,410
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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Female 3,562
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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Male 14,774
It`s a parable about book religions and conventional `morality`.
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Male 3,842
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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Male 335
Ah, so thats the reason people believe in god. I always wondered about that.
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Male 4,793
"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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Male 514
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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Male 670
@Intaresting so is your avatar. Old and overdone, so whats your point trollface? Problem?
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Male 812
This story is so old...
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Male 2,690
Was just talking about this the other day haha
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Male 2,737
AND,..........?????
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Male 1,265
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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Male 7,345
I`ve got this story (slightly better told) posted, with graphics, on my office cork-board.
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Male 5,811
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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Female 8,044
Link: The Five Monkeys Experiment [Rate Link] - A lesson learned and taught by monkeys.
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