Re: Fwd: TEACHING TECHNIQUES-- 100th Monkey Shines

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    >From: "Wade T.Smith" <>
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    >Subject: Fwd: TEACHING TECHNIQUES-- 100th Monkey Shines
    >Date: Sun, 3 Jun 2001 00:10:43 -0400
    >TEACHING TECHNIQUES-- 100th Monkey Shines
    >Salient information about teaching and learning
    >by Bertha Vanatian, AIR staff
    >Today is approximately the 48th birthday of the famous 101th monkey that
    >learned to wash potatoes by being somewhere physically far removed from
    >the 100 monkeys that lived together on island of Koshima and taught each
    >other how to wash potatoes. We deduce this from having read part of the
    >classic scientifical tome "The 100th Monkey," written by Ken Keyes, Jr.
    >If you have not had the pleasure of reading the book (and even if you
    >have), you can peruse its essence by looking at
    >While Keyes does not specify the exact mechanism by which information is
    >transmitted from the 100 monkeys to the 101st, he does provide a general
    >description of it:
    >"Thus, when a certain critical number achieves an awareness, this new
    >awareness may be communicated from mind to mind. [T]here is a point at
    >which if only one more person tunes-in to a new awareness, a field is
    >strengthened so that this awareness is picked up by almost everyone!"
    >The phenomenon is real. We conclude this because (a) it is described in a
    >book, and (b) that book has (according to a report someone told us about
    >having seen mention of) sold more than 1.5 million copies.
    >For educators, the lessons are clear and compelling:
    >1. Every classroom should have a minimum of 100 students.
    >2. Worldwide, only one classroom is actually needed. Provided that that
    >classroom always holds at least the minimum number (100) of students, the
    >field is strengthened so that awareness of any and all lessons taught in
    >the classroom is picked up by almost everyone, worldwide.
    One wouldn't need to study for exams either. Just a couple nerds in a group
    could propel everybody's test scores up several notches. I don't have to
    read meme books either, since I'm learning from everybody else who is
    diligently soaking in the new paradigm.
    >We would be delighted to help publicize any school systems that operate
    >this way. If your school system operates this way, please send details to
    >NOTE: For Doubters Only
    >Some hard-core skeptics imply that perhaps, maybe, somehow, the story of
    >the 100th monkey was merely concocted -- that it did not in fact happen.
    >Well, the story is true -- it did happen (see reasons (a) and (b)
    >mentioned above).
    Ummm..., this is a put on, right?
    >However, for those who insist on thinking about the truth of stories that
    >authoritative people tell them, and want in particular to think about the
    >truth of the story of the 100th monkey, we reluctantly recommend two
    >"The Hundredth Monkey: And Other Paradigms of the Paranormal" by Kendrick
    >Frazier, Prometheus Books; 1991, ISBN: 0879756551
    >"The Ape and the Sushi Master: Cultural Reflections of a Primatologist"
    >by F. B. M. De Waal, Frans De Waal, Basic Books; 2001, ISBN: 0465041752
    > Copyright 2001 Annals of Improbable Research (AIR)
    I suddenly want to take some dirty sweet potatoes down to my local beach.
    Morphic resonance from the Koshima monkeys perhaps? I better bring suncreen.

    I did have a pet guinea pig who my parents told me would only squeal when I
    came home and a cat who would scamper out to greet my mom after work every
    day, jumping atop her car. I wonder how he anticipated her arrival.

    Maybe there's something to *that*...anecdotally of course.

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