Utopia Leads to Extinction

Tyranny is the fiercest form of slavery. Terrorism is the most ferocious form of slavery. We are all slaves until every human is free from both.  James Morris Robinson

One of the more famous ethologists in recent decades was John B. Calhoun, best known for his mouse experiments in the 1960s when he worked for the National Institute for Mental Health.  His intent was to observe the effects on the population density but his experiment produced results that went beyond that. 

In his experiments, populations of mice would enjoy everything they needed, essentially without effort – unlimited food, water, living space, population growth without predators and so on. It started with eight mice, which began to reproduce quickly, enjoying their newfound “utopia” with unlimited resources. Within 4 years, however, the population had become extinct through self-annihilation even though all the resources it needed for survival were readily available, including ample space to live.  Calhoun repeated the experiment multiple times using mice and rats. Each time the outcome was the same.

At first the mice did well with numbers doubling every 55 days.  However, after 600 days, even with enough space to accommodate as many as another 1600 mice, the population peaked at 2200 and began to decline until extinction.

With the abundance of water and food, combined with zero threats from predators, the mice never had acquired resources on their own from the older mice and had no survival skills.   The mice that found themselves with no social role to fill become isolated.  They withdrew physically and psychologically; became very inactive and aggregated in large pools near the center of the floor of their universe.

From this point on they no longer initiated interaction with other mice, nor did their behavior elicit attacks by territorial males.  Even so, they became characterized by many wounds and much scar tissue as a result of attacks by other withdrawn males.  While they did not respond to aggression during an attack, they attacked others in the same pattern. 

The breakdown of usual mouse behavior wasn’t just limited to the outsiders.  The alpha male became extremely aggressive, attacking both males and females with no motivation or gain for themselves and some violent encounters ended in cannibalism.

The female counterparts of these isolated males withdrew as well. Some mice spent their days preening themselves, shunning mating, and never engaged in fighting. They would abandon their young or just left them to fend for themselves.  At times the mothers would kill their young.

Calhoun believed that the mouse experiment could also apply to humans and warned of a day where, God forbid, all our needs would be met.  “For an animal so complex as man, there is no logical reason why a comparable sequence of events should not also lead to species extinction. If opportunities for role fulfillment fall far short of the demand by those capable of filling roles, and having expectancies to do so, only violence and disruption of social organization can follow.”

Wow – isn’t the Great Reset and the UN Agenda 2030 a replication of Calhoun’s experiment but for humans?  We will own nothing and yet, somehow, we will be happy (or else).  I suspect that this worldwide welfare system envisioned for mankind will not weigh in humanity’s favor. 

All the labor of all the ages, all the devotion, all the inspiration, all the noonday brightness of human genius are destined to extinction. So now, my friends, if that is true, and it is true, what is the point?  Bertrand Russell

Source:  John B. Calhoun’s Mouse Utopia Experiments and Reflections on the Welfare State by Lawrence W. Reed, FEE.org; Universe 25: The Mouse Utopia Experiment that Turned into an Apocalypse by James Felton, IFL Science; You Will Be Happy, or Else!, and Useless and Unnecessary, Franklin County Patriots

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