An experiment on social behavior was conducted in which five monkeys were put into an empty room with only a ladder in the center of the room and some bananas hanging above the ladder.

Naturally, the monkeys tried to climb the ladder to reach the bananas.
Whenever one monkey got on the ladder and started to climb, the scientists sprayed all the monkeys with water. This continued until the monkeys learned and stopped climbing the ladder.

Next, the scientists took one monkey out and put in a new monkey who had no association with the experiment before this point. As that monkey saw the bananas and tried to climb the ladder, all the other monkeys attacked that monkey and wouldn't let him climb the ladder. None of the monkeys got sprayed, and the newcomer learned 'the rules' rapidly.

Next, another newcomer was brought in, and another of the original five monkeys was removed. Again, the newcomer was left with the other monkeys, and again the newcomer learned 'the rules' quickly.

This was repeated until the original five monkeys (the ones that had been sprayed) were all removed and only the newcomers remained. Still, the monkeys would not let any monkey near the ladder.

Why did the monkeys not climb the ladder to get the bananas? Because it was the way it had always been done.
Why don't politicians want to vote to legalize the herb? Because it's been illegal as long as I can remember, why should I change that?

Think about it.

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Mon, 06/14/2010 - 5:29pm
guenther90 Says:

such a good analogy, for real, awesome job if you wrote this.

 
 
Tue, 06/15/2010 - 4:51pm

It is a good analogy. Though after reading most of your Highdeas (yours are more like Highduhs). I highly doubt that you have the mental capacity to come up with something like this, and just as I thought I found it on more than dozen different websites. But great job stealing the hard work of others...people like you make me so fucking proud to be an American.

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Wed, 06/16/2010 - 11:52am
BluesBass Says:

Thank you for being a douche. I found something that I found interesting, and thought I'd share it with my fellow stoners. I never claimed to be the original author of it, nor did I post anything that was to lead anyone to believe that. I found a highdea that was not on here, and decided to post it.

If you like it, awesome. If not, no one asked you to read it, so grow up and move on. It's funny how the internet makes perfectly average people into whiny babies in under two seconds.

 
 
Wed, 06/16/2010 - 9:38pm
Knight Says:

To the OP: Lack of proper citation infers a tacit claim to owenership.

You're degrading your fellow stoners by assuming they want to have someone else's work regurgitated to them.

Leave the stoner degradation to the trolls.

"woy yoy yoy, woy yoy-yoy yoy" ~Bob Marley,
Buffalo Soldier.

 
 
Thu, 06/17/2010 - 2:38pm
BluesBass Says:

Actually it was a behavioral science experiment's results. There is a good chance it wasn't anyone's 'high'dea, but I found it interesting, and thought I'd share it. I don't remember the exact source, so sue me.

 
 
Fri, 06/18/2010 - 8:02pm

i dont think what you did was wrong. it was really interesting, and i havent seen it before

 
 
Thu, 06/17/2010 - 8:15pm

great quote, great song, great man, love you <3

 
 
Fri, 06/18/2010 - 7:10pm
SlimJD Says:

I hate when people steal shit too but I don't think this highdea counts because he said "there was an experiment" so he acknowledged that this went down in history, whether recently or a long time ago or whatever. If I said "there was once a man named Jimi Hendrix" I don't have to cite anything. Everyone's free to share historical knowledge. If this were fiction, like the people that steal from comedians and then post highdeas, then yeah it would be a dick move. But it's not so get off his back.

 
 
Sat, 06/19/2010 - 9:55pm
Knight Says:

It's a piece of fiction, a simile written originally about corporate regulation(restated to pertain to pot)... not the published results of an experiment.

 
 
Fri, 06/18/2010 - 4:30pm
 
 
Mon, 06/21/2010 - 11:56am

Thanks...I it is nice to get recognized for my work. I put so much into it...Almost as much as I put into your...Ahhh fuck it I'm just gonna let it be...Are you the destroyer?

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You only get to die once... So don't waste it!
sPaCeCiTy TeXaS.

 
 
Fri, 06/18/2010 - 6:02pm

i's say i have to agree with spacecity. this isn't twitter or facebook. we're not here to share things we thought were cool, but original ideas that we came up with when we were high. it's posts like these that annoy me because it's ruining highdeas. people who upvote anything are brainless, i only upvote reasonably cool ideas, not as spacity puts it a highDuh

 
 
Fri, 06/18/2010 - 11:10pm

well i vote for anything that is cool to me or makes me think when im high. is that a problem

 
 
Sun, 06/20/2010 - 11:46am
Apock Says:

In that case why are so many people posting crap about the World Cup and not getting blasted for it? Those posts are neither highDEA's or DUH's. Which leads me to believe its all based on personal preference instead of principal... just like the legalization issue.

 
 
Wed, 06/16/2010 - 1:07pm

I had a fucked up morning and was not able to get my mind right before I had to start my work day. Then I seen you had voted down on my H20 Paradox but left no comment as too exactly why. To be quite honest the combination of lowered THC levels and work induced stress caused me to lash out…For that I do apologize. Although, I do take great offence in the insinuation made that I am not a green blood. I have missed many a holiday, three birthdays, and the birth of my first born son over weed… So don’t go there. As for me being a douche…Thank you but I think you aimed a little too high…I could only hope to aspire to become a douche. So we can squash this or we may continue in this dialogue…tit for tat…at least until we grow weary of it and or get too baked and forget what we were doi...............

*NOTE: All characters are fictional and are not based on actual people. Nothing that I say should ever to be taken seriously. My statements and comments have been attributed to cancer found in laboratory animals. Please consult a physician if you experience dizziness, fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. As these could be a sign of a more serious condition.

You only get to die once... So don't waste it!
sPaCeCiTy TeXaS.

 
 
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Fri, 06/18/2010 - 7:11pm
SlimJD Says:
 
 
Thu, 06/17/2010 - 2:40pm
BluesBass Says:

Fair enough. I suppose you still would like an explanation of the H2O paradox getting downvoted, I can understand your negativity on that matter. Check out your highdea and you'll find a description of exactly why I had downvoted it. I also apologize for any accusations I made, we are supposed to be sharing ideas here, not tearing into each other.

 
 
Wed, 08/11/2010 - 3:03am
PokenSmot Says:

I thought it was a viable story and i feel for you missing those days i had a chuckle about it

 
 
Wed, 06/16/2010 - 3:36pm

well said

"be the change you want to see" -gandhi

 
 
Fri, 06/18/2010 - 4:28pm
 
 
Fri, 06/18/2010 - 5:13pm

Upvote for you two working out your issues. Only weed can unite two people like this. And despite no citation, you did bring a great analogy into the light for me, so thank you Blues!

 
 
Fri, 06/18/2010 - 5:27pm
 
 
Fri, 06/18/2010 - 5:35pm

In an unrelated note, did you know they did an experiment where they let monkeys smoke crack then put crack and food into their habitat, and the monkeys ignored the food for three days and just smoked the crack? Gives me the heebie-jeebies. Strictly weed for me.

"Anyone can see the road that they walk on is paved with gold. It's always summer,they never get cold. They'll never get hungry. They'll never get old and gray."

 
 
Fri, 06/18/2010 - 8:39pm

Spacecity, what is YOUR problem? No need to be a miserable fuck, if anything your an embarassment to the stoner population

 
 
Sat, 06/19/2010 - 8:00pm
makersmark (not verified) Says:

Way to jump in way late that entire conflict was resolved 2 days ago...now it just looks as though youre provoking someone who has already apologized for their actions.

 
 
Sat, 06/19/2010 - 9:58pm
Knight Says:

Spacecity isn't an embarrassment to the stoner population, John Mayer is.

"woy yoy yoy, woy yoy-yoy yoy" ~Bob Marley,
Buffalo Soldier.

 
 
Mon, 06/21/2010 - 11:51am

I dunnno what YOUR problem?!? Do you have difficulty reading? I do believe that stated the cause of my misguided anger. How miserable and pathetic is your life that you have found the need to interject yourself into a matter that was A:minor and B:Settled by the involved parties days after the resolution? So go suck down another box of hohos while watching Wendy Williams and then wash it all down with a big jug of go fuck yourself!

*NOTE: All characters are fictional and are not based on actual people. Nothing that I say should ever to be taken seriously. My statements and comments have been attributed to cancer found in laboratory animals. Please consult a physician if you experience dizziness, fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. As these could be a sign of a more serious condition.

You only get to die once... So don't waste it!
sPaCeCiTy TeXaS.

 
 
Fri, 06/18/2010 - 11:09pm
dee.emm Says:

I saw this somewhere... It doesn't really matter though, you just wanted to share it with us:)

 
 
Sat, 06/19/2010 - 1:20am

stop being whiny bitches. either you like it or don't. the end. you sit there and bitch about the website only being for orginal thoughts and such, well wtf do you think this thread is for? to discuss your interest on the post at hand. not to go back and forth like a bunch of little girls.

good post btw. :]
But i think it will get legalized soon enough, it was made illegal from racism and lies, the truth will be set free! ha

 
 
Sun, 06/20/2010 - 2:41pm

thats sick man, good find. wheter he apologized our not, he had no right to degrade the poster of this highDEA. this site isn't about anything specific, its a place for poeple with common veiws to share ideas, whether original or borrowed. at least you know when you make a mistake, kudos

 
 
Sun, 06/20/2010 - 5:41pm
makersmark (not verified) Says:

So what kind of time frame should people expect for an apology to be accepted? More than 2 days? Fuck it lets rip on spacecity for the next 329 years because of a comment he made once upon a time...

 
 
Thu, 12/01/2011 - 3:29am

Anyone else see the way this correlates to everything we know? Religion, political systems, LAWS, gender norms... we gotta doubt everything as far as possible. Sorry if this sounds preachy, I'm blazed.