Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator (ludickid) wrote,
Gun-totin', Chronic-smokin' Hearse Initiator
ludickid

Monkeys, shown here buying Popsicles, are promoting injustice

I really, truly, honestly can't decide what I love most about this New York Times article (thanks to Phil F. for the heads-up) about a researcher who taught monkeys to use money.

So much to choose from:

You can feed them marshmallows all day, they'll throw up and then come back for more.

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The selfish jerk, meanwhile, was punished even worse. Once her reputation was established, whenever she was led into the experimenting chamber, the other tamarins "would just go nuts," Chen recalls. "They'd throw their feces at the wall, walk into the corner and sit on their hands, kind of sulk."

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The data generated by the capuchin monkeys, Chen says, "make them statistically indistinguishable from most stock-market investors."

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What he witnessed was probably the first observed exchange of money for sex in the history of monkeykind.

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It wouldn't reflect well on anyone involved if the money turned the lab into a brothel. To this end, Chen has taken steps to ensure that future monkey sex at Yale occurs as nature intended it.
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