Saturday, June 11, 2005

Monkeys Trade Money for Sex

This article is by the Freakonomics authors. It's fascinating.

They've basically taught monkeys to use money. The monkeys respond as humans do. They obey classical microeconomics theory.

Now, during one event, a monkey spontaneously traded money for sex from another monkey, and after the sex that other monkey immediated traded the money for a grape. After this, the researchers were careful that this couldn't happen again. Apparently there are moral problems with letting a monkey bordello continue within the lab.

NYTimes: Monkey Business

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