Sociology Social Predictability; Monkey Story On Set Beliefs

Discussion in 'Sociology' started by Icewolf, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. Icewolf

    Icewolf Premium Member

    Start with a cage containing five monkeys.

    Inside the cage, hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it.

    Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb towards the banana.

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

    After a while, another monkey makes an attempt with the same result - all the 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, turn off the cold water.

    Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one.

    The new monkey sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs.

    To his surprise and horror, all of the other monkeys attack 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 and replace it with a new one.

    The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked.

    The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment with enthusiasm.

    Again, replace a third original monkey with a new one.

    The new one makes it to the stairs and is attacked as well.

    Two of the four monkeys that beat him have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs, or why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

    After replacing the fourth and fifth original monkeys, all the monkeys that have been sprayed with cold water have been replaced.

    Nevertheless, no monkey ever again approaches the stairs.

    Why not?

    Because as far as they know that's the way it's always been around here.
  2. pineappleupsidedown

    pineappleupsidedown Premium Member

    Why monkeys? I think you could pull the same stunt on humans.

    There is a story where a woman would always cut the ends off of her ham for x-mas dinner and put it in a different pan to cook than the rest of the meat.

    When her sister-in-law asked her why she did it, she said it was because thats how her mother always did it.

    Now curious herself, the woman asks her mother why she cuts the ends off the ham. her mother tells her that she does because thats how her mother taught her.

    The woman now goes to her grandmother and asks the same question. Her grandmother replies "Well, My largest pan wasnt quite big enough for a whole ham, so I had to cut the ends off to make it fit!"

  3. Icewolf

    Icewolf Premium Member

    Yes we all get caught up in our beliefs making us do ignorant things without question. Thats why every so often we should take a step back and look at ourselves and ask if are happy with who we are or are we just set in our ways. Remember being ignorantly nice is another of societies set in ways. We guard information from people because we don't want them to be hurt. In the end we always find out it was the worng thing to do yet we do it again and again.

    - Ice -