http://www.ted.com/talks/laurie_santos.html

Posted: August 24, 2010 in Annotated Bibliography

summary: compared to us and homosapiens (monkey like things) we both can seem pretty smart but sometimes in aspects of life for us, we are really really dumb. and according to laurie, its embarrassing on out part about how we make mistakes and they just blow up in our face all the time, and we don’t thing much about it. we make bad and consistant errors all the time. we end up messing things up based on what kind of economy we are in. we are always looking for more complex things but end up not making it right. according to lauri, possibilities of the origins of our mistakes are our environment is designed badly, and also out minds are designed badly. we seemed built just to make errors in our life time.  is what we really need is a population that is smart but does not have all the technologies that we have, maybe not even human language. one things about this monkey ( that is shown) is that she lacks in the area that we most likely mess up in the most. what if she was here, with the same context as up, would she make the same mistakes as we do? Laurie tried giving the monkey some stuff to see if she could figure out the stuff like we do, she wants to try making the monkey learn how to use money like we do. she gave the monkey a token, its useless to us but not the monkey. then the monkey realizes that they can hand the token over to a person so that they could maybe end up giving it up for some food, as in like buying from a market like we do. they wanted the monkey to try and do something like we do, by making them look smart in a way, what would the monkey spontainously do if this was their currency? when you think of this, you think of all the smart things that humans do and you wounder if these monkeys could do the same thing. you might actually have the monkeys start paying attention to the price, how much they give, the tokens. they trained the monkey to walk into a store, go to the store clerk guy  but they are students but the monkeys trade a bag of tokens for an object. the monkeys are being trained to look at sales and prices and the amount of food given. for example, the monkey goes up, gets a choice of a bowl with one grape, and another with two, they went with he two pieces so they get more for less. monkeys do have some of the same mess ups as we do, they don’t save, they spend all they have at once. they trade off and take all they can at the same time. lack on their part.

once people get an opportunity or a chance to do something like, lets say you get $1000, and a more risky choice as a coin either says you gain more money or stay the same. or would you go the more safer way and just get 500 no matter what. or now you can loose money, either loose $1000 or nothing form $2000, or only loose 500. people go with more risky, than safe. its just the way people think and feel better about…. anyways, people just don’t like loss, so they become more risky. monkeys turned out to be the same, they wanna be risky but safe. they are risky once things have change form when it first started. monkeys get things wrong like we do. and humans are smart, they are inspirational to everyone else. but we have to recognize, we have limitations, we must over come them, and we can use the world that we designed to figure them out.

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Comments
  1. mrsabercat says:

    Jade, great response, and please keep that up for other annotated bibliography posts. And I’m curious: what interest of yours does this article tap into? I’m just trying to isolate that so we can think about possible project ideas.

    Mr. A

    • jadecv says:

      it just interested me that all us humans started from monkeys, and now its like its going back from humans to monkeys. to see how they react to situations that are tricky for us and to see if they have the same weaknesses as we do now. and its just interesting to hear abour how dumb humans are. haha. but it just interests me on how we compare to somethings from which we started from, how much advanced we are and how weaknesses carry on from then to now.

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