Skip to comments.Pavlov's Monkeys
Posted on 04/15/2011 10:02:34 AM PDT by RightOnline
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.
Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by a fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs he is attacked. Most of 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, none 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 is why, from time to time, all of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME.
It is a good story.
What happens if we put a gorilla in the room, instead of one monkey?
This is very CLEVER and so true. Thanks for posting! Boy, does that make sense or what?!
Or a momma grizzly bear?
But everybody wants to keep their monkey.............
Monkeys should have never been allowed to hold positions of power in the first place.
LOL....great question; would it weigh 800 pounds??
Hillarious, really, but for being so near truth. Thanks for the post!
Thought you might get a kick out of this.....talk about perfect for the GOOOH movement! LOL!
How do you apply for that monkey-spraying job? Is it union?
I though until the end that this was going to be an object lesson about how the left punishes businesses, professionals and entrepreneurs and encourages class warfare until they reach their eventual goal of a society where no one wants to rise above their station.
Here’s your object lesson for modern times.
When I was doing this kind of operant-conditioning with rats at Emory U., I had 3 rats.
One rat, when pressing the lever, never got rewarded with food. Another rat always got food when pressing the lever.
The third rat would never know when he got rewarded. He was intermittently being rewarded.
According to behavioralist B.F.Skinner, the intermittently rewarded rat should press the lever most often. This rat would have to work harder to get his food -never knowing when depressing the lever would bring him a bite to eat.
My rat disproved Skinnerian behavioralism, but portended present times. My rat winner ( the one pressing the lever most often ) was the rat who got rewarded every time.
Not much different from the Demo-rats who line up for Obama-money. All are risque averse. Just line up, take a number and get your treat.
Skinner was a bit of a nut. He even put his own kid in a Skinner box for experimental purposes.
So that’s why Dad had me press that lever after I mowed the lawn.
Pavlovian Congressmen bump.