|The 100th Monkey: it could be you|
The 100th Monkey Effect has to do with the spontaneous transmission of an idea or ability once a critical mass of a population has heard the idea, or learned the ability. It is a phenomena first observed by Japanese researchers.
"Scientists were conducting a study of macaque monkeys on the Japanese island of Koshima in 1952. These scientists purportedly observed that some of these monkeys learned to wash sweet potatoes, and gradually this new behavior spread through the younger generation of monkeys—in the usual fashion, through observation and repetition.
Watson then claimed that the researchers observed that once a critical number of monkeys was reached—the so-called hundredth monkey—this previously learned behavior instantly spread across the water to monkeys on nearby islands." - from WikipediaAlthough it was found that at least one eager monkey swam to a neighbouring island and spread the new knowledge, it remains unclear how new ideas and abilities can spontaneously spread to an entire area's population... of monkeys or humans.
Although skeptics claim to have discredited this theory outright, it has appealed to enough people to have had its own 100th monkey effect - it has become a popular and widely known concept.
The monkey effect concept is not alone. It is in good company, and therefore questions remain.
Is it similar to psychologist Carl Jung's collective consciousness? Is it a variation on convergent evolution, where different species develop similar traits independently? The wing is one such example, and was developed by insects, birds, reptiles, and mammals independent of each other.
The wing was just a good idea whose time had come - nature couldn't ignore it.
Whatever the monkeys are telling us, they could be pointing to a knowledge tipping point that leads to rapid, widespread changes once enough individuals are in on it.
Regardless, the potentials of triggering a mass awareness leading to wholesale changes in the way we think and do things is an intriguing one. People seem to be waiting for change, indeed, have been waiting for some time now.
But when do these much needed changes finally occur? What, and when, is the trigger? What is the critical mass we may need before the dominoes begin to fall?
When do we begin to create our ideal life, and our ideal world, in synchronous harmony?
Is it with the 100th monkey? And if so, are YOU that monkey?