Cucumber or grapes? What happens when two monkeys do the same task but get 'paid' in different ways? Watch this funny video to find out how monkeys react to inequality.

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Language level

Intermediate: B1


The professor compares the behaviour between human beings and monkeys, under pressure of clear inequity. Actually, the experiment shows up their reactions in different species. What makes people laugh is the evidence of similarity in rage when some unfair acts compromises our conditions, it does not matter the level of education and civilization of subjects under exam. Audience may be studied as well, because their reactions to the behaviour of the monkey and then the following comparison between what happened in Wall Street protest and the raging refuse of the little primate are subtile provocations to make analogies and recognize themselves under the same emotional state. Their laughings shows their agreement to the comparison, they do not protest or argue to the professor's comment - they declare sympathetic feelings towards the poor, little monkey and silently confess too their frailty about inequity.

Studies show that chimps and humans share a 96% similarity in DNA. That's why their reactions remind us of our commonalities! Some people say that the 4% difference (development) was brought by beings from other space (ET) that came to the earth hundreds of years ago. Can you believe that?

I think that this experiment was very funny. And I learned a new words, like in a row, willing to do something. This course is nice.

They compare monkeys with us beacuse we do feel the same as monkeys. Sometimes I struggled with hard situation and the higher levels gives us cucumber that taste good at the beginning but when I see the richest levels getting grapes for doing the same as me. I do protest throwing away my cucumber because I want grapes too. They taste better than cucumber for sure.

This is very good englisch course.

Simply because if even animals can recognize inequality, how come human being just ignore it?

Well, the scientist compared monkeys to humans because humans have the same reaction towards inequity, no matter what colour is the person, to which country he or she belongs or to what background they belong, they have to be treated equally.

Both has very similar DNA chain.

Agree, .... both a monkey and a human! :)

Basically, we as human, having similar response and reaction toward inequality. Except that human can choice whether to control the anger or eaten by the anger. Here it is where anger management is needed :)