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Mapraputa Is
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Stammbach, Eduard. (1988). "Group responses to specially skilled individuals in a Macaca fascicularis." Behaviour, 107 (December 1988), 241-266
Does the staggering wealth of particular engineers and programmers mean that there is any chance for nerds to rise socially?
Stammbach worked with a colony of longtailed macaques. In the paper cited above, the running header is "Responses to Specially Skilled Java Monkeys." Stammbach took the lowest-ranking macaque out of the society and taught him to operate a complex machine and obtain food. When the nerd monkey was reintroduced to the society, the higher ranking macaques stopped kicking him out of the way long enough for him to complete operation of the machine and obtain food for the community. I.e., society cooperated to create the conditions under which the nerd could toil for them. However, the monkey who acquired these special skills and provided for the society did not achieve any rise in his dominance status.
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Are they like C monkeys?
Don Kiddick
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Take an infinite number of monkeys and an infinite number of compilers...
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Originally posted by Mapraputa Is:
However, the monkey who acquired these special skills and provided for the society did not achieve any rise in his dominance status.
http://philip.greenspun.com/careers/

[ April 28, 2003: Message edited by: Mapraputa Is ]

My own in-the-field research confirms those findings...
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Of course geek monkeys don't tend to acquire flashy durable goods like BMW's...


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