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Psychology 101

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RightHand, Oct 9, 2013.

  1. RightHand

    RightHand Pioneer in a New World Moderator Founding Member

    With thanks to my friend Steve for this little bit of wisdom

    If you start with a cage containing five monkeys and inside the cage, hang a banana on a string from the top and then you place a set of stairs under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.

    As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water.

    After a while another monkey makes an attempt with 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 the cold water away.Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one.

    The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs. To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of 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, replacing it with a new one.

    The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment...... with enthusiasm, because he is now part of the "team".

    Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by the fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.

    Now, the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

    Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.

    Why, you ask? Because in their minds...that is the way it has always been!

    This, my friends, is how Congress operates... and this is why, from time to time:

    ALL of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME.
    melbo, gunbunny, Gator 45/70 and 11 others like this.
  2. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    That's some cold blooded sh*& right there. Just sayin'. Poor monkeys. :mad:
  3. Dont

    Dont Just another old gray Jarhead Monkey Site Supporter

    Replace all of congress at the same time?? Hmmm, would be an interesting proposition... Would be more practical to replace all the old ones with newer, more compliant ones.. And "hose them" when they do not mimic the behavior of those that are left.. That is what they do now. Just have to modify who the emilate...
  4. Tracy

    Tracy Insatiably Curious Moderator Founding Member

  5. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Alter the experiment. Hose all monkey UNTIL the banana is snatched. Then each day give less notice before the hosing. End result will be all monkeys trying to get the banana as soon as they see it.;)
  6. fedorthedog

    fedorthedog Monkey++

    I don't know that congress can be trained. They are not as smart as monkey's
  7. melbo

    melbo Hunter Gatherer Administrator Founding Member

    very nicely done
  8. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey Site Supporter

    Boker, It's no different than most Management Styles.
    tulianr likes this.
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