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#1 MrChips

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 12:07 PM

John Calhoun was an ethologist and animal behaviorist who had had a long standing interest in how rodents interact and create societies. Starting in 1947, Calhoun began experimenting with rats and mice on a rural property in Rockville, Maryland in order to investigate the behavioral effects on the animals when provided with unlimited food and resources; essentially a rodent paradise. One of his main interests was the potential effects of overcrowding on human society and behavior, which was seen as a very real potential problem in the post-war 1940s, where worldwide populations were growing rapidly. In his early experiments, Calhoun observed a colony of Norway rats for 28 months, during which time he provided the animals with as much food as they needed as well as total safety from predators. It was expected that the population would skyrocket uncontrollably to around 5,000 animals during this period of time, however, the population oddly never went past 200. He also noticed that the colony split into smaller, separate groups of no more than 12 individuals per group.
 
Intrigued by these results, Calhoun continued his work with rats and mice, and finally in 1958 he created his own lab in the second floor of a barn from which to launch his most ambitious series of experiments yet, which consisted of creating a series of what he called “Universes” which were habitats designed to be rodent utopias, free of disease, predators, and providing unlimited resources. In each instance, the rodent populations experienced a rapid rise in population followed by a levelling off that seemed to go hand in hand with a variety of unusual, deviant behaviors, before finally the birthrate screeched to a halt, after which the rodent society would implode and cease to exist.
 
Calhoun would write a prominent paper on the experiments in 1962 called Population density and social pathology, which was published in Scientific American and outlined his observations of the effects of overcrowding on rodent behavior. In the paper, he coined the term “behavioral sink,” which referred to societal collapse in the face of behavioral degradation and signifying a point of no return leading to extinction marked by a reversion to deviant acts caused by overcrowding. The paper would put the sobering potential effects of overpopulation into the public consciousness and people were already comparing the findings made in these early experiments to human society. This paper became incredibly influential in the field of psychology and is still heavily referenced to this day.
 
 
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Wait a minute. This sounds awfully familiar...
 
    wounding of young
    aggressive behavior of females
    passivity of non-dominant males
    females ceased to reproduce
    inability of dominant males to maintain the defense of their territory and females
 
Do you see the connection yet?
 
wounding of young: This refers to the way today's society treats young men. I'm sure you're aware of it already. It could also refer to the flawed ways women are brought up. i.e. the entitled attitude.
 
Inability of dominant males to maintain the defense of their territory and females:" Known as the pussification of men. Read "The pussification of the western male" by Phazzle.
 
females ceased to reproduce: They be alpha widowin'. Read "What is an alpha widow and why does it matter?
 
Aggressive behavior of females: Feminism and the 'empowered womyn.' Remember that post about how feminism cannot exist without the resources and social structure provided by the patriarchy? Yup. Read "The Civilization and The House: How feminism is a function of the patriarchy"
 
passivity of non-dominant males: Their male counterparts withdrew completely, never engaging in courtship or fighting. Otherwise known as... That's right, the Sexodus!
 
They ate, drank, slept, and groomed themselves – all solitary pursuits: This should hit you harder than a train at full speed. This represents everything most men (including me) do on a daily basis. Porn, laziness, video games, depression & apathy, plus other "beta" behaviors. I'm sure I don't have to explain this one to you. After all, you've either been there, or are still there. 
 
Calhoun saw the fate of the population of mice as a metaphor for the potential fate of man.
 
 
Escaping the laboratory: The Rodent Experiments of John B. Calhoun and 
Their Cultural Influence.
 

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 12:21 PM

Bear in mind that the mice were taken out of their natural environment and subjected to a controlled inner universe. What universe do the social engineers live in?


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Posted 05 May 2017 - 12:28 PM

Wanna see how these ideas are put into human practice?
 
Control is the key concept. Read carefully:
 
1. Abolition of private property.
 
2. Heavy progressive income tax.
 
3. Abolition of all rights on inheritance.
 
4. Confiscation of property of all emigrants and rebels.
 
5. Central bank.
 
6. Government control of Communications & Transportation.
 
7. Government ownership of factories and agriculture.
 
8. Government control of labor.
 
9. Corporate farms, regional planning.
 
10. Government control of education.
 

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 12:58 PM

Calhoun is just another architect. One who was elevated to prestige and paid well for xperimenting on possibilities with his controlled social agendas. 
 
Does this elevate the egos of social engineers and their owners into 'godlike' status?

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 01:08 PM

 

Calhoun is just another architect. One who was elevated to prestige and paid well for xperimenting on possibilities with his controlled social agendas. 
 
Does this elevate the egos of social engineers and their owners into 'godlike' status?

 

 

Without architects those engineers would be up shit creek without a paddle.

 

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 01:12 PM

Without architects those engineers would be up shit creek without a paddle.

 

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Oh please, who designs a boat and forgets to include extra life boats.


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Posted 05 May 2017 - 01:20 PM

Oh please, who designs a boat and forgets to include extra life boats.

 

Don't blame me for that one. That decision was out of my hands.


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Posted 05 May 2017 - 01:43 PM

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Posted 05 May 2017 - 02:28 PM

 

Calhoun is just another architect. One who was elevated to prestige and paid well for xperimenting on possibilities with his controlled social agendas. 
 
Does this elevate the egos of social engineers and their owners into 'godlike' status?

 

 

Only the owners...

 

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Posted 14 May 2017 - 12:15 PM

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Universe 25 was a giant box designed to be a rodent utopia. The trouble was, this utopia did not have a benevolent creator. John B. Calhoun had designed quite a few mouse environments before he got to the 25th one, and didn't expect to be watching a happy story. Divided into "main squares" and then subdivided into levels, with ramps going up to "apartments," the place looked great, and was always kept stocked with food, but its inhabitants were doomed from the get-go.
 
Today, the experiment remains frightening, but the nature of the fear has changed. A recent study pointed out that Universe 25 was not, if looked at as a whole, too overcrowded. Pens, or "apartments" at the very end of each hallway had only one entrance and exit, making them easy to guard. This allowed more aggressive territorial males to limit the number mice in that pen, overcrowding the rest of the world, while isolating the few "beautiful ones" who lived there from normal society. Instead of a population problem, one could argue that Universe 25 had a fair distribution problem.
 
The fact remains that it had a problem, and one that eventually led to its destruction. If this behavior is shared by both mice and humans, can we escape Universe 25's fate?
 

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