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The rise and fall of empires. Mouse utopia, behavioural sink.

 
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The rise and fall of empires. Mouse utopia, behavioural sink.

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Re: The rise and fall of empires. Mouse utopia, behavioural sink.
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"At the peak population, most mice spent every living second in the company of hundreds of other mice. They gathered in the main squares, waiting to be fed and occasionally attacking each other. Few females carried pregnancies to term, and the ones that did seemed to simply forget about their babies. They'd move half their litter away from danger and forget the rest. Sometimes they'd drop and abandon a baby while they were carrying it.

The few secluded spaces housed a population Calhoun called, "the beautiful ones." Generally guarded by one male, the females—and few males—inside the space didn't breed or fight or do anything but eat and groom and sleep. When the population started declining the beautiful ones were spared from violence and death, but had completely lost touch with social behaviors, including having sex or caring for their young."
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Re: The rise and fall of empires. Mouse utopia, behavioural sink.
Very old but fascinating nonetheless...

And I always thought it was Skinner who did this experiment...
"Moral of the story is I chose a half measure when I should have gone all the way. I'll never make that mistake again.

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