In a lab, a banana was placed in Ape-1’s cage. When ape 1 went to grab the delicious fruit, it was flushed with a jet of painfully pressurized ice-cold water. This was done repeatedly so until the ape, eventually, stopped it’s attempt to reach for that banana and ate anything else peacefully.
Ape 2 was brought into that cage. Instinctively, it too went for that banana, and as it reach for it, both Ape 1 & 2 were punished with that painful cold jet of water. Eventually ape-2 stopped as well…
And so on, with apes 3 & 4.
As Ape-5 was brought in, and obviously, it too tried to go for the banana, something different happened this time: the first four apes concluded the likely consequence, and started to beat ape-5 so to prevent it from reaching the banana. Eventually ape 5, bruised, stopped trying.
When Ape-6 was brought in, and went also for the fruit. The first four apes obviously have beaten Ape-6, but something else happened this time as well: Ape-5, that was never tasted the original punishment, joined the group frenzy and started beating Ape-6 as well… And so on, Ape-7 was aggressed by all 6 apes, out of which 4 have tasted pain, and two other followed the frenzy.
Apes 1 through 4 were then removed from the cage. Water tank was drained and the water hose was removed.
Apes 5 through 10 never tried to reach for the banana again, they also have beaten every new ape that tried to go for the fruit, they also built myth and stories about its force. All this without even knowing the true reason why this has became a “feared from” banana…
Here’s another behavioural prediction: a year from now, june 2013, we will vote, either March 8, or March 14, or abstain from voting, without even wondering truly why we did either, except by fear of being bruised by our own.