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I once read about five monkeys that were placed in a room with a banana at the top of a set of stairs. As one monkey attempted to climb the stairs, all of the monkeys were sprayed with jets of cold water. A second monkey made an attempt and again the monkeys were sprayed. No more monkeys attempted to climb the stairs. One of the monkeys was then removed from the room and replaced with a new monkey. New monkey saw the banana and started to climb the stairs but to its surprise, it was attacked by the other monkeys. Another of the original monkeys was replaced and the newcomer was also attacked when he attempted to climb the stairs. The previous newcomer took part in the punishment with enthusiasm. Replacing a third original monkey with a new one, it headed for the stairs and was attacked as well. Half of the monkeys that attacked him had no idea why. After replacing the fourth and fifth original monkeys, none had ever been sprayed with cold water but all stayed the f**k away from the stairs.
Originally posted by DrFaustus
I think its very important to be able to communicate ideas in a succinct manner. It is short clear explainations that make the biggest impact in my experience.edit on 25-6-2012 by DrFaustus because: smelling
Originally posted by Thundersmurf
But having already understood and been convinced previously can I still call myself a believer even if I can't convince, say, my neighbour now?
I think the idea of starvation applies to the thought model quite well so I'll use that. If the monkeys represent different aspects of my personality or parts of my thought process, will it take some kind of starvation or trauma before I can break the cycle?