Monday 21 August 2017

What monkeys can tell us about the upcoming election

Leinster House: Can the natural world tell us anything about how politics works in this country?
Leinster House: Can the natural world tell us anything about how politics works in this country?
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With the General Election on the way, consider the following psychological experiment.

You start with a cage containing four monkeys, and inside the cage you hang a banana on a string, 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. You then spray all the monkeys with cold water. After a while, another monkey makes an attempt. As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray all the monkeys with cold water. Pretty soon, when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

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