Friday, July 15, 2005

Monkey Business

An interesting article on teaching monkeys economics (no really).

These scientists have taught monkeys the concept of money being exchanged for goods or services. Two giggleworthy quotes:

'The capuchin has a small brain, and it's pretty much focused on food and sex,'' says Keith Chen, a Yale economist who, along with Laurie Santos, a psychologist, is exploiting these natural desires...

and

To this end, Chen has taken steps to ensure that future monkey sex at Yale
occurs as nature intended it.

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