In a lab, a banana was placed in ape’s 1 cage. When the ape went to grab the delicious fruit, it was flushed with a jet of painful cold water. Repeatedly so, until the ape eventually stopped it’s attempt to reach for that banana and ate anything else peacefully.
They brought in ape-2 to that cage. Instinctively, it too went for that banana, and as it reach for it, both apes were sprayed 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 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 stopped trying.
When Ape 6 was brought in, and went also for the fruit, the first four apes obviously have beaten, but something else happened this time as well: Ape-5 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 followed the frenzy.
Apes 1 through 4 were then removed from the cage. Water tank was drained from water and the water hose removed.
Apes 5 through 10 never tried to reach for the banana, they also have beaten every new ape introduced and tried to go for the fruit. 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 having our ego bruised by our own.