Friday, June 25, 2010

The Hundredth Monkey Effect

Note; May be I should've written this post in Arabic langauge, but for some reason I wanted for the content of my subject to reach out to my bilingual readers. Almost all the links included in this post are in Arabics.

 I have read about this theory; The Hundredth Monkey Effect, for the first time in a booklet at my high school library back in Libya... I was lucky to have such a rich library in my high school, Al-majd Al-shamaly high school in Tripoli, may be it was because of the high education of the organizer of that Library, I hope that Library is still alive...
 I tried to recall the author of that booklet, I think it was for  Asadek Alnehoom الصادق النيهوم but I'm not sure ... The booklet was a summarized Arabic translation for an original English book.

Let me first share with you the idea of the theory, then I will tell you why I remembered it after this long time:

The Hundredth Monkey

by Ken Keyes, jr.

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 they found the dirt unpleasant.

An 18-month-old female named Imo found she could solve the problem by washing the potatoes in a nearby stream. She taught this trick to her mother. Her playmates also learned this new way and they taught their mothers too.
This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by various monkeys before the eyes of the scientists.
Between 1952 and 1958 all the young monkeys learned to wash the sandy sweet potatoes to make them more palatable.
Only the adults who imitated their children learned this social improvement. Other adults kept eating the dirty sweet potatoes.
Then something startling took place. In the autumn of 1958, a certain number of Koshima monkeys were washing sweet potatoes -- the exact number is not known.

Let us suppose that when the sun rose one morning there were 99 monkeys on Koshima Island who had learned to wash their sweet potatoes.
Let's further suppose that later that morning, the hundredth monkey learned to wash potatoes.



By that evening almost everyone in the tribe was washing sweet potatoes before eating them.

The added energy of this hundredth monkey somehow created an ideological breakthrough!

But notice.
A most surprising thing observed by these scientists was that the habit of washing sweet potatoes then jumped over the sea..
Colonies of monkeys on other islands and the mainland troop of monkeys at Takasakiyama began washing their sweet potatoes.
Thus, when a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new awareness may be communicated from mind to mind.

Although the exact number may vary, this Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon means that when only a limited number of people know of a new way, it may remain the conscious property of these people.
But there is a point at which if only one more person tunes-in to a new awareness, a field is strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone!

(from the book "The Hundredth Monkey" by Ken Keyes, jr. The book is not copyrighted and the material may be reproduced in whole or in part).

What remind me of this is what I read in a blog for a fellow Libyan Blogger. I believe the efforts that are made by him and by many other fellow Libyans in the blog world or  elsewhere are going to make the hundredth monkey effect one day in my beloved society.

Now, upon a request which I read in Bumedian's blog, I am attaching  links for these two posts that he requested to be spread out,

The first one is about a charity work for the seek of preserving the old holy books of Quran, and keeping the book  from the effect of worn out, 

Watching these people shouldn't make us feel so small; althought it did for me, but in reality we should learn the concept and try to continue it by whatever skills we have in our different fields.

The second post is about the misuse of antibiotics in Libya. Old post but worth the renewal:

These efforts will never go in vain, I already saw the hundreth monkey effect prevailing while I was working in Tripoli medical center /  pediatric emergency room back in Libya, many Libyans don't like to start antibiotics for their children; not all but many, and many others get convinced easily when the doctor explain to them in simple words why it is inappropriate to start it.

Now, for the seek of honesty,I don't completely agree with all the posts which was written by Bumedian, and that is noraml, but I do like many of his writing,
Here are some posts that there were not any request for them to be spread, but I like the way the post is written, so I would like to share them with my Arabic readers,

I won't explain the idea of the following post, coz then I'll ruin the plot in the story,

Another good one,

The next link is for a  post which I never met anyone or read anything which touched the subject the way Bumedian did, I do know people who try to solve out this problem and they succeeded, but the way Bumedian put it in words was different for me,

And many unique posts are there, I have not got the chance to check everything, I discovered this blogs only recently.

Keep going Bumedian, you and the rest of others who have intentions like yours will sooner or later reach-out the hundredth monkey and our socitey will change!

Whoever wants to read more about the hundreth monkey theory here is a link:
You will see that some researchers have discredited this effect, but I believe that the theory is stronger than the discerdit!


Lebeeya said...

I didn't read any of the links to Bumedian's blog but I am facinated with The Hundredth Monkey Effect, I actually spent the last hour and half reading about this Theory on Google.

joven said...

beautiful blog..pls visit mine and be a follower.. thanks and God bless..

joven said...

beautiful blog..pls visit mine and be a follower.. thanks and God bless..

joven said...

beautiful blog..pls visit mine to,and be a follower..thanks and God bless..

MusicLover said...

Please add RSS Reader and Twitter on your blog which would help Libyans and others read about your blog. Without using Mass Media tools nobody would know the causes you believe in or spreading Bumedian his ideas. You find Non Libyan bloggers have more than six Mass Media tools to spread what they have written.

You might be interested to read this book and the foundation

The amazing true story of ZeitounAbdulrahman Zeitoun is the real-life hero of Dave Eggers's new book. In the aftermath of hurricane Katrina he paddled from house to house in a canoe, offering help to his neighbours. For his trouble, he was arrested as a suspected terrorist.

Fasateen - Mashrou' Leila [Official Video}

Runaway -The Corrs Unplugged

Note: It was really nice of you posting about your fellow blogger and his great ideas. It would be nice that Libyan would stop being self centered.

Since Washington and Oregon didn't have spring this year and straight to Summer.

Here is a link I use when I visit Seattle.

here is song by a famous pianist George Winston

Enlightened Spirit said...

Lebeeya ...
Glad I grabbed ur attention ...

Joven ...
Thank you.

MusicLover ...
The point is that I don't consider my blog content to deserve that much of advertisment, because most of my posts are personal, it is more like a monthly diary which is written on irregular bases.
Any how, as I respect the opinion of any faithful visitor for my blog I followed ur instructions and I added about 300 tools for spread. U can click on the cross beside the shar button at the end of each post and u will see them, And I kept the 4 most popular visible aside. Also there is a link to sign for the comments and posts RSS.
By the way that was always available by blogger even if I didn't put one as a wedget on the right column. Blogger have always had in the template one link to feed at the bottom of the blog and another share bottom on the top browser for google buzz, google reader, twitter, and facebook. Everything is still there, u can check it out. They make it slightly invisible so it will not ruin the beauty of the template.

If I'm still missing something, let me know, I will be happy to add it :)

Will put the book when my schedule got less busy. Thanks for all the links.

U repeated a link for a Fasateen song whcih I said I didn't like. Was that repeat for the purpose of annoying me?
If that is the case then u didn't hit the target because when I listened to it the second time I started to like it. The first time I listened to it I was deceived by the Lyrics and the clip. the second time I were able to listen to the beatiful music!

The corrs are one of my favourite.
Are they still around ?
The Joy of life has been my cell phone ring for ages, my turn to post a link,

When I posted about Bumedian I was self centerd too. Where Self equalized to Libya.

Actually we had some winter days at Seattle summer few days back.

Thank you MusicLover.