Desist from the habit of not thinking

The behaviour of creatures from the wild can be both comedic and instructive at the same time. Consider monkeys and ostriches, for instance.

In one seminal experiment in psychology four monkeys were placed in a roomy cage that had a tall pole in the centre.  Suspended from the top of that pole was a bunch of bananas. To monkeys bananas are an irresistible delicacy. The monkeys immediately started scampering up the pole towards the bananas.  Just as the leading monkey was about to grab a banana, it was doused with a jet of very cold water and it immediately fell to the ground.

This treatment was meted out to every monkey in turn. This went on for days. Initially the monkeys did not give up the idea of reaching their goal of eating the bananas. However, after a while the monkeys modified their behaviour. Whenever, a monkey tried to scale the pole and get to the bananas the other monkeys would grab it and pull it down. At this point the researchers did two things.

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