Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: SM minute
Dalton, Lloyd P.
Mon, 7 Jun 1999 14:56:56 -0500
A friend and longtime scouter told me this story last weekend. I can't
confirm its authenticity, but I like it a lot.
In the 1960s, some psychology researchers at a university conducted
an experiment. They placed a northern pike in a fishtank and fed minnows to
it for three days. Then they inserted a glass cylinder into the tank, and
placed the minnows within the cylinder. When the pike got hungry, it again
tried to eat the minnows. But of course it kept bumping against the glass.
After a few hours, the pike stopped attempting to eat the minnows at all,
and rested motionless at the bottom of the tank.
The researchers then removed the glass cylinder, allowing the
minnows to swim around the tank once again. They each had a theory about
when the pike would resume its normal behavior.
They were all wrong--after a week, the northern pike was dead of
starvation. It never once tried to eat a single minnow, even though the
minnows gradually grew unafraid, and swam right in front of the pike.
The researchers each drew different conclusions from the experiment.
Feel free to draw your own...
With thanks to Rich L. for the story.