[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]
"Japanese scientists studying macaques on the island of Koshima, he wrote, found that members of the colony took to washing sweet potatoes left by the researchers before eating them. When enough macaques engaged in this behavior -- say, 99 -- the addition of one more monkey would create a critical mass, and the practice spread not only throughout the tribe but also, telepathically it seemed, to colonies on other islands."
Posted by Daniel on 07.21.2008
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