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Chris
06-27-2012, 08:50 PM
hehe

The Inevitable Profession (http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/the_inevitable_profession/)
Economic researchers at Yale managed to successfully train Capuchin monkeys to understand and use currency. The result? The monkeys used their newfound currency to buy sex:
Perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic of money, after all, is its fungibility, the fact that it can be used to buy not just food but anything. During the chaos in the monkey cage, Chen saw something out of the corner of his eye that he would later try to play down but in his heart of hearts he knew to be true. What he witnessed was probably the first observed exchange of money for sex in the history of monkeykind. (Further proof that the monkeys truly understood money: the monkey who was paid for sex immediately traded the token in for a grape.)
Iíll depend on crowdsourcing for the snarky comments here. Iíd urge you to read the whole thing. To me what was fascinating is that once they learned the concept of money, the Capuchins pretty much behaved like people. As the article concludes:
But these facts remain: When taught to use money, a group of capuchin monkeys responded quite rationally to simple incentives; responded irrationally to risky gambles; failed to save; stole when they could; used money for food and, on occasion, sex. In other words, they behaved a good bit like the creature that most of Chenís more traditional colleagues study: Homo sapiens.

Conley
06-27-2012, 08:59 PM
:laugh: Having seen Capuchin monkeys in person this result doesn't surprise me at all.

edit: I was wrong, I was thinking of the Barbary Macaques on Gibraltar - they're kind of a-holes haha.

Goldie Locks
06-27-2012, 09:03 PM
Those monkey's act like democrats.

Goldie Locks
06-27-2012, 09:07 PM
These monkey's could prolly take Krugman's job and get a Pulitzer Prize.

Conley
06-27-2012, 09:29 PM
To be fair to the monkeys, what else could they buy? They had their food, shelter and healthcare taken care of...not like they have material possessions. I've never seen a Capuchin monkey with a fancy car or a big house. :grin:

Goldie Locks
06-27-2012, 09:34 PM
To be fair to the monkeys, what else could they buy? They had their food, shelter and healthcare taken care of...not like they have material possessions. I've never seen a Capuchin monkey with a fancy car or a big house. :grin:

Democrats I tell ya...;)

Carygrant
06-28-2012, 04:02 AM
I've never seen a Capuchin monkey with a fancy car or a big house. :grin:


You need to get out more often .
Most of the really wealthy ones are now into cosmetic surgery and microlight flying ..

Chris
06-28-2012, 10:11 AM
To be fair to the monkeys...

That's funny!

Carygrant
06-28-2012, 02:48 PM
Let's get back to the OP . Mind you , I thought the title was about prostitution .

Chris
06-28-2012, 03:21 PM
I think conley makes a very good point about it: "what else could they buy?" So while monkeys buying sex brings snickers, the fact they learn how to trade with money means trade is fairly natural. It would probably take them several millions years from this point to evolve to the idea of redistributing wealth.