Saturday, May 13, 2006

8 Monkey theory

An Interesting article !!!

Put eight monkeys in a room. In the middle of the room is a ladder, leading to a bunch of bananas hanging from a hook on the ceiling.

Each time a monkey tries to climb the ladder; all the monkeys are sprayed with ice water, which makes them miserable.Soon enough, whenever a monkey attempts to climb the ladder, all of the other monkeys, not wanting to be sprayed, set upon him and beat him up.

Soon, none of the eight monkeys ever attempts to climb the ladder. One of the original monkeys is then removed, and a new monkey is put in the room. Seeing the bananas and the ladder, he wonders why none of the other monkeys are doing the obvious. But undaunted, he immediately begins to climb the ladder.

All the other monkeys fall upon him and beat him silly. He has no idea why. However, he no longer attempts to climb the ladder.

A second original monkey is removed and replaced. The newcomer again
attempts to climb the ladder, but all the other monkeys hammer the crap out of him. This includes the previous new monkey, who, grateful that he's not on the receiving end this time, participates in the beating because all the other monkeys are doing it. However, he has no idea why he's attacking the new monkey.

One by one, all the original monkeys are replaced. Eight new monkeys are now in the room. None of them have ever been sprayed by ice water. None of them attempt to climb the ladder.

All of them will enthusiastically beat up any new monkey who tries, without having any idea why.

This is how any company, social, religious and personal policies get established.

Article courtesy : The article is taken from here


At 5/14/2006 03:43:00 PM, Blogger Thiyagarajandhayalan said...

ainice findingda nanba!!

At 5/15/2006 10:59:00 AM, Blogger Abi said...

Please find an evidence (preferably online) for the assertion that "This is based on an actual experiment conducted in U.K". I tried searching for evidence, but all I could find was that this story has been used by management types in their speeches. If a real experiment actually showed this, it would have been a major event, and would have been reported by all the news outlets!

It's better to simply call it an interesting story.

Interesting story, it certainly is!

At 5/15/2006 02:06:00 PM, Blogger Kulasekharan N said...

Dear friends,

I have changed the article's first line from

(This is based on an actual experiment conducted in U.K)


An Interesting article !!!

as i could not find evidence for the test being conducted or not


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