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How policy is formulated

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Tropo, 8th Mar, 2007.

  1. Tropo

    Tropo Well-Known Member

    17th Aug, 2005
    You take a cage, with 5 monkeys. In it you place a bunch of bananas so arranged that taking a banana produces electric shock. You wait until all 5 monkeys have learned not to touch the bananas. You replace one of the monkeys. You switch off the electric shock arrangement.

    The new monkey goes to take a banana, but is prevented from doing so by the other 4. You wait until the new monkey has learned not to take a banana, even though taking a banana will not now produce a shock.

    Repeat the process of replacing an original monkey with a new one. Eventually you will have 5 monkeys who know not to take a banana, but don't know why.

    This is how policy is formulated.
  2. Simon Hampel

    Simon Hampel Co-founder Staff Member

    9th Jun, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    Also seen in the corporate world - "institutional inertia" ...

    "... we do it this way! why? dunno ... that's just the way we do it here ..."

    ... and also in another form called a "sacred cow" (something which cannot be touched)

    "... no, we've tried that before - it doesn't work"