The 100th Monkey Effect: A Critical Mass

In the 1950′s Scientist began a study with Japanese Snow Monkeys that spanned more than 30 years. Their results seem to point to the idea of a critical mass being able to change the consciousness of all. This study is known as 100th monkey effect.  (Video Included Below)

The Snow Monkeys of Japan were studied by scientists for a period of over 30 years on the island of Kosima. Beginning in 1952 scientist began to drop Sweet Potatoes  in the sand. The monkeys liked the Sweet Potatoes but didn’t care for the unpleasant taste of the sand. That was until a 19 month old female found that she could solve the problem by washing the sand off in the salty ocean water, improving the taste of the potato.

She then taught this trick to her mother and soon after her playmates learned this, who in turn taught it to their mothers as well. This cultural innovation was gradually picked up by numerous monkeys on the island. Between 1952 and 1958 the younger Monkeys would figure out this technique and would teach it to their elders. The adults who did this with their children themselves learned this Cultural Improvement, however some older adults did not right away.

Here’s where is starts to get interesting…

In the autumn of 1958 something startling took place, a massive increase of snow monkeys began washing their sweet potatoes. The exact number was not known, however the hypothetical number given was 99, as to when the 100th monkey learned how to wash their sweet potatoes a critical mass of innovation accrued. This added energy of the hundredth monkey somehow created a conscious break through, to where almost everyone in the troop were washing their sweet potatoes.

Here’s the REALLY interesting part…


Something even crazier that the scientist were not expecting to happen accrued.THE CULTURAL INNOVATIONS JUMPED ACROSS THE SEA!!!

The monkeys across the other islands started washing their potatoes in the ocean as well, and in great number almost as if it was understood on a higher level of consciousness.

This experiment brings to light the idea of a Collective Consciousness, where as if it is only a few number of individuals know a new idea or way of life, then it remains the conscious property of those individuals, but at the critical mass of the “100thIndividual” the awareness becomes the conscious property of all.