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collaboration 100th Monkey and Tristan
release: _Spiritus MP3/Gobi Desert_ MP3 12" on Matsuri Productions
Personnel - Andy Guthrie
The Hundredth Monkey
The Japanese monkey, Macaca fuscata, had been observed in the wild for a period of over 30 years. In 1952, on the Island of Koshima, scientists were providing monkeys with sweet potatoes dropped in the sand. The monkeys liked the taste of the raw sweet potatoes, but found the dirt unpleasant. An 18 month old female named Imo found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in the salty ocean water, improving the taste of the potato. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates learned this trick and taught their mothers too. This cultural innovation was gradually picked up numerous monkeys in the troop and observed by the scientists.
Between 1952 and 1958, all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes and make them more palatable. Only the adults who imitated their children learned this cultural improvement. Other adult monkeys kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes. In autumn of 1958, something startling took place. A certain number of Koshima monkeys were already washing their sweet potatoes, the exact number is not known. The hypothetical number given was 99. Then it happened. The hundredth monkey learned to wash the sweet potatoes. The added energy of that hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough. Almost everyone in the tribe was washing their potatoes before eating them, but a surprising occurrence was observed by these scientists. The habit of washing the sweet potato had jumped overseas. Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop at Takaskiyama began washing their sweet potatoes.
Although the exact number may vary, this Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of individuals knows a 'new way', it remains the conscious property of those individuals. However, when one more individual manifests this new awareness, the field is strengthened, a critical mass is reached, and the awareness becomes the conscious property of all. This new awareness is communicated mind to mind.
From _The Hundredth Monkey_ by Ken Keyes Jr.
Bucky Fuller says in his book _Critical Path_ that he would not promote, or ask anybody else to promote, his ideas. He theorized that no amount of marketing or policy changing would cause people to adopt an idea or a product even when experimental results showed that the idea or product was "good" in terms of making humanity's relationship with the planetary environment more healthy. Bucky said that an idea or product could only gain acceptance through a "natural occurrence" of people recognizing the value of it and wanting to buy it or use it on that basis. This is why most political revolutions fail.
People will accept an idea if it is an idea which nature (read: consciousness) wants us to accept. By working for the health and wholeness of humanity's existence on the planet, and therefore by extension for the health of the planet as a while, and if this idea fits with the "big picture" of consciousness, does an idea start to gain acceptance, as with the 100th Monkey principle.
1) Lyall Watson tells the story in 'Lifetide' of a monkey living on Koshima island (off Japan). In 1952 primatologists introduced the monkey coloney to the humble sweet potato. When covered in sand the potatos could not be eaten, but a clever female monkey (named Imo) soon learned to wash the potatoes. Imo taught her mother and other *young* monkeys the trick. By 1958, all the young were washing their potatoes, but only those adults (over 5 years) who copied the young worked it out. (by this stage Imo had figured out that washing the s.p. in salt water added to the flavour) Then SUDDENLY this trick with the sweet potatoes, which until then had to be taught on a personal basis, was common knowledge. Overnight, ALL the monkeys *including those on neighbouring islands* knew how to wash their potatoes....
2) In 1952 in England, milk was delivered to people in bottles with tin foil tops. Some blue tits learned how to peck through this tin foil cap. Other tits soon learnt this behaviour through copying (perhaps). In 1955 ALL blue tits amd most great tits throughout Europe knew about these tin foil caps...
3) Mount Everest was first climbed in 1953 by a huge expedition. 25 successful climbs took place between then and 1980 - all involved at least 30 climbers, all took at least a month and all used oxygen to reach the top. In 1980 Reinhold Messner climbed Everest solo, without Oxygen, in 3 days. Since then, similer rapid climbes became (almost) common. The once impossible has become commonplace....