BBC – Earth News – Monkeys ‘display self-doubt’ like humans. Not sure of the validity of the inferences her. What’s interesting to me is the way the expters think they’ve ‘taught’ the macaque which phenomenal pattern prompts which button to press, and how the macaque can get around ‘getting it wrong’ in less clear shots by going for the third button. Whether pressing this button necessarily means ‘not sure’ or don’t know’ isn’t clear. The exptl design rests on the assumption/premise that the macaque ‘s first preference is to be fed and keep playing, and that keep playing is always its second preference, the model of rational calculation. I’m interested in the habits inculcated, and whether perhaps change is as good not only as a rest, but as a reward, and interesting uncertainty may be better than stultifying security/sameness.
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