100 Monkeys revisited ...
- Hi Futurists,
I very much like the relaxed dinner after our Salon. The talk at the
table usually goes from here to there and back, and always
Last time I mentioned a story that I heard and only now had the time
It goes like this: Scientists observed a colony of monkeys on an
island that learn a behavior (to wash a sandy sweet potato before
eating it). One ape trains the next and the legend has it that once a
certain threshold is reached (~100 monkeys) all in a sudden all apes
of the colony wash their potatoes before eating them. Not only that,
but from that day onward even a monkey colony one island over also
knows to wash sandy potatoes before eating. So the claim is that some
brain syncing has gone on.
Wouldn't that be nice? Shortcut to world peace: We only need to
convince enough people to take us over the threshold, probably a
couple more then 100 but for sure just around the corner, and boom
enlightenment and peace for the whole world.
If this sounds esoteric to you, well it is.
Someone checked the original notes of the scientist who did the
observation. He does not mention a threshold and there were some
old geezer apes around that would not change their habit at all. May
be they needed the sand to digest :-) who knows.
Bummer, would have been so nice.
All the best, Mark.
 Weblog post with links: http://finnern.com/future/2003/01/31.html