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Death By Utopia

In 1953, scientist John B. Calhoun created an experiment to
see how mice would behave in a utopia. He introduced q
breeding pairs of mice into a 9. 7 metre square with 1. high
walls, no scarcity, no predators. After 1: 34 days they adjusted
to the new world and the population began to grow, doubling
every 55 days. By day 315 the population reached Emil. Then
population growth began to decline and the mice? society
collasped. Young were expelled before they had been
properly weaned and were arbitrarily attacked and eaten by
Ext es sive aggressive male mic e. Females became more
aggressive, males became passive, not
retaliating to attacks. The last healthy birth came on the
sooth day. Then there were no new mic e.
Then came the ‘beautiful ones', which withdrew themselves
ever so quietly from the sick society. Solitary pursuits began
to define them; eating, drinking and grooming among
others. Ho scars on their back or hairs , these
mice behaved like a separate race. They saw the world
through their narrow scopes, as they tossed, turned and
tried to cope.
There' s a reason we' re
becoming statistically less
socail in first world
countries.
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User avatar #1 - merpdederp (09/03/2013) [+] (11 replies)
stickied
*social
User avatar #2 - thesaurus (09/03/2013) [+] (3 replies)
those effects were mostly a result of overpopulation, the initial object of Calhoun's investigation, not from living in a "utopia"
#28 - infinitereaper (09/03/2013) [+] (7 replies)
>Implying we live in a world anywhere near a utopia

But how bout a joke?

So you're saying the problem is overpopulation...
#31 - dross (09/03/2013) [+] (2 replies)
Except 99% of the populous of the 'first world countries' have never been forced into a corner for lack of food or resources. They've never had their new-born children destroyed by the government/a tangled mass.

I get where this is coming from, but it doesn't exactly justify my lurking on a website on a Tuesday night with a couple of beers and headphones on....
#66 - skysailor (09/03/2013) [+] (1 reply)
**skysailor rolled a random image posted in comment #5998373 at Admin's personal trolling board. ** Why I am antisocial.
#65 - anonymous (09/03/2013) [+] (7 replies)
Its amazing how many people think we have "free will" Free will is an illusion, propagated by religion.
User avatar #69 to #65 - wulphshadowtail (09/03/2013) [-]
I assume you own several fedoras.
User avatar #126 - toadkillerdog (09/04/2013) [+] (18 replies)
that would make us........the beautiful people...the beautiful people....
User avatar #5 - akho (09/03/2013) [+] (1 reply)
Well, too bad we have free will and could change how we act.

Worse is that most of us don't.
User avatar #71 - ubercookieboy (09/03/2013) [+] (1 reply)
Something I ripped from Wikipedia:

"Making the leap from mouse to man, however, was not so simple. “This is where it gets controversial,” Dr. Edmund Ramsden of the University of Exeter and the London School of Economics said, describing how other scientists tried to replicate Calhoun’s results in human populations. He cited psychologist Jonathan Freedman's experiment, where he recruited high school and university students to carry out a series of experiments that measured the effects of density on behavior. He measured their stress, discomfort, aggression, competitiveness and general unpleasantness. When he declared to have found no appreciative negative effects in 1975, the tide began to turn on Calhoun’s utopia. Freedman’s work, Ramsden noted, suggested that density was no longer a primary explanatory variable for society’s ruin. A distinction was drawn between animals and humans. “Rats may suffer from crowding; human beings can cope...Calhoun’s research was seen not only as questionable, but also as dangerous."
User avatar #52 - thebestpieever ONLINE (09/03/2013) [-]
Yeah. I really don't care what people think about this, but the text itself is awfully redacted. So here is some nicely done version courtesy of wikipedia: Initially the population grew rapidly, doubling every 55 days. The population reached 620 by day 315, after which the population growth dropped markedly. The last surviving birth was on day 600. This period between day 315 and day 600 saw a breakdown in social structure and in normal social behavior. Among the aberrations in behavior were the following: expulsion of young before weaning was complete, wounding of young, inability of dominant males to maintain the defense of their territory and females, aggressive behavior of females, passivity of non-dominant males with increased attacks on each other which were not defended against. After day 600 the social breakdown continued and the population declined toward extinction. During this period females ceased to reproduce. Their male counterparts withdrew completely, never engaging in courtship or fighting. They ate, drank, slept, and groomed themselves – all solitary pursuits. Sleek, healthy coats and an absence of scars characterized these males. They were dubbed “the beautiful ones”.
User avatar #114 - ilovehitler (09/04/2013) [+] (2 replies)
I think there's a bit more to consider, though.
1. The size of the cage stayed that size, and a population of over 600 mice is easily enough to cause some problems in a cage that big. Of course it began to decline.
2. That's a lot of inbreeding. That'll obviously cause some problems.
3. Humans, while sharing many traits with mice, are not mice.
4. He didn't give them a utopia, obviously. He couldn't, as the technology simply didn't, and still doesn't exist.
5. Humans have technology such as computers, video games, e books, and a plethora of other things that all contribute to our depleting socialness.
6. While we are becoming less social in the 'real' world, we are making up for a lot of that with being social online.
#73 - thebritishguy (09/03/2013) [-]
Awesome story, now who can tell me how much of it is 						********					?
Awesome story, now who can tell me how much of it is ******** ?
User avatar #50 - Ardoyanconorvich (09/03/2013) [-]
Utopia to mice is female dominance and child abuse?
#12 - lovetruth (09/03/2013) [-]
What puke inducing propaganda.
User avatar #4 - rustike (09/03/2013) [-]
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z760XNy4VM

a youtube vid about the experiment.
+4
#90 - jawnsky Comment deleted by merpdederp [-]
#67 - anonymous (09/03/2013) [+] (3 replies)
A non-aggressive way to fix overpopulation would be to put a lot of effort into human engineering. Make it so that every single human is affected by a virus that makes only a third of the population (at random) infertile. Over the years our population declines to one that meets our needs and surely we as a species will cope. H+ for life. BM-2094 out.
#82 to #67 - whitie (09/04/2013) [-]
so basically a Genophage?
so basically a Genophage?
User avatar #64 - commontroll (09/03/2013) [-]
Implying we're the ones that are the "beautiful" ones...
#38 - johnpoppy (09/03/2013) [-]
One problem, we aren't mice.
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