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> Don't try this with your own apes.
> 
> Primate Committee Thinking Experiment
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> 
> Start with a cage containing five apes.  In the cage, hang a banana on a
> string and put stairs under it.  Before long, an ape will go to the stairs
> and start to climb towards the Banana.  As soon as he touches the stairs,
> spray all of the apes with cold water.
> 
> After a while, another ape makes an attempt with the same result-all the
> apes are sprayed with cold water.
> 
> Turn off the cold water.
> 
> If, later, another ape tries to climb the stairs, the other apes will try
> to prevent it even though no water sprays them.
> 
> Now, remove one ape from the cage and replace it with a new one.
> 
> The New ape sees the banana and wants to climb the stairs.
> 
> To his horror, all of the other apes 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 apes 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 ape with a new one.  The new one makes it
> to the stairs and is attacked as well.
> 
> Two of the four apes 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 ape.
> 
> After replacing the fourth and fifth original apes, all the apes which
> have been sprayed with cold water have been replaced.
> 
> Nevertheless, no ape ever again approaches the stairs.  Why not?
> 
> "Because that's the way it's always been around here."
> 
> Sound familiar?

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		     Brent Venis
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