Teaching monkeys to use money

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Teaching monkeys to use money

Post by EvanBalls on 3/2/2012, 2:38 pm

Very interesting article, was discussing it a little with folks on the server...

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/06/05/magazine/05FREAK.html?pagewanted=all

"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 Chen's more traditional colleagues study: Homo sapiens."


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Re: Teaching monkeys to use money

Post by mickdude2 on 3/2/2012, 3:58 pm

Not sure whether to be amazed or scared at this finding...

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Post by Heisenberg on 3/2/2012, 4:01 pm

We are something like 98 or 99% genetically similar to primates, in many ways we are alike to animals and this report does seem to show this.

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