I recently spoke about an experiment that was done where five monkeys were put in a cage with a banana hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the cage and a ladder going up to it. At first, the monkeys tried one by one to climb the ladder to get the banana. But each time one started to climb, the researcher sprayed the climbing monkey with water as well as the other four monkeys.
Soon enough the monkeys learned that if one of them climbed the ladder, they all suffered, and eventually, none of them tried to climb at all.
At this point, the researcher replaced one of the monkeys with a “new monkey” that knew nothing of the water. Not surprisingly, as soon as he saw the banana hanging from the ceiling, he ran to climb the ladder. Before the researcher was even able to spray him, the other four monkeys rushed that monkey and beat him to the ground.
The same thing happened when they replaced yet another one of the original monkeys with a new one until eventually all the monkeys in the... Read More