John Calhoun’s Mouse Utopia Experiment

This is quite interesting. I wonder we can reasonably draw parallels to the human species?

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7 thoughts on “John Calhoun’s Mouse Utopia Experiment

  1. That was really interesting. It’s a lot to take in, and I’m not sure what to make of it. Europe & Japan right now are rapidly aging populations, and especially Japan could be in for a significant population decrease (North America may have enough immigration to offset something similar). The “beautiful ones” reminded me of Japan’s herbivore men, though I don’t know if MGTOW fits that same description.

    • Francis Roy says:

      I had the same thought about the Grass Eaters. I’d guess that the MGTOW are those that just stepped aside and opted out of the game. The video is worth reviewing more than once.

    • Francis Roy says:

      One thing I found interesting about the mouse video, is that apparently, in the 1950’s mouse reproduction was a matter of bumping their heads together, which resulted in a large glowing light, after which a whole bunch of adult mice simply appeared in the air.

    • Francis Roy says:

      The ROK article is interesting, but there’s something about it. There’s something facile and almost seeking to shoehorn a narrative, as though hitting a number of high points lent plausibility.

      But at the moment, I cannot do better than the author did. I have an intuition that there are a number of important, possibly even central factors that are not being addressed, hidden in a void of obscurity, but that is all that I have–an intuition.

      I think this is the sort of thing to mull over, and return to a few times.

      • There is the problem of generalizing mice to humanity, and the experiment was in a controlled environment that subtracted a bunch of factors that are present in real life. But I could not have done any better either.

  2. […] don’t know, so the following is purely speculative. But first, a detour. Francis Roy recently posted a video about John Calhoun’s mouse utopia, an experiment where he created an enclosed space with a capacity for 3,000 mice, free from […]

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