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NIH Studies Conducted 50 Years Ago Showed Societal Collapse Brought About Extinction

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William Vogt, Paul Ehrlich, and the others were neo-Malthusians, arguing that population growth would cause our demise by exhausting our natural resources, leading to starvation and conflict.  But John Calhoun’s “Universe 25” experiments on rats and mice showed that overcrowding on its own could destroy a society before famine even got a chance.

Ecologists such as Vogt and Fairfield Osborn were cautioning that the growing population was putting pressure on food and other natural resources as early as 1948 and both published bestsellers on the subject.

Ehrlich published The Population Bomb, an alarmist work suggesting that the overcrowded world was about to be swept by famine and resource wars. After Ehrlich appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1970, his book became a phenomenal success. By 1972, the issue reached its mainstream peak with the report of the Rockefeller Commission on US Population, which recommended that population growth be slowed or even reversed.

But while everyone was worried about a lack of resources, one behavioural researcher sought to answer a different question: what happens to society if all our appetites are catered for, and all our needs are met?

John Calhoun was an ethologist and animal behaviourist who had a long-standing interest in how rodents interact and create societies. In 1972, he detailed the specifications of his ‘Mortality-Inhibiting Environment for Mice’, a practical utopia built in the laboratory called Universe 25.  In these early crowding experiments, rats were supplied with everything they needed – except space. The result was a population boom, followed by such severe psychological disruption that the animals died off to extinction.

The take-home message was that crowding resulted in pathological behaviour – in rats and by extension in humans. This “behavioural sink” – the collapse in behaviour – was observed by Calhoun in a series of experiments on overcrowding he conducted.


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Norway Rat Experiments

In March 1947, Calhoun began a study of a colony of Norway rats as part of the Rodent Ecology Project at Johns Hopkins University.  This study was funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.  It ended in 1951 when he moved to Maryland and began working for the Walter Reed Army Medical Centre.  In 1954 he began working for the National Institutes of Health (“NIH”) where he remained for the next 33 years.

The US Army Signal Corps in cooperation with the US Public Health Service filmed Calhoun’s early experiments on Norway rats during the years 1947 to 1949. From these, in 1955 the US Army produced the short film below.

Click on the image below to watch the video on Rumble.

US Army: Behaviour Wild Norway Rats, 1955 (26 mins)

While working at NIH Calhoun began numerous experiments with rats and mice. He provided unlimited resources, such as water, food, and also protection from predators as well as from disease and weather. The rats were said to be in “rat utopia” or “mouse paradise.”

Universe 25 Experiment

In 1972, he created his “Mortality-Inhibiting Environment for Mice.” In his most famous experiment in the series, “Universe 25”, the population peaked at 2,200 mice and thereafter exhibited a variety of abnormal, often destructive, behaviours including refusal to engage in courtship, females abandoning their young, and homosexuality. By the 600th day, the population was on its way to extinction. Though physically able to reproduce, the mice had lost the social skills required to mate.

In the beginning, he placed four pairs of healthy mice in “mouse paradise.”  In a short time, they began to reproduce resulting in rapid population growth. About every 60 days, the population doubled as the mice filled the most desirable space within the pen. When the population reached 620, the population growth slowed to doubling around every 145 days as the mouse society began to hit problems.

After 315 days the mice’s reproduction began to slow. When the number of rodents reached 600 a hierarchy was formed the so-called “wretches” appeared. Once the wretch group was formed the larger rodents began to attack the group with the result that many wretch males began to “collapse” psychologically.  As a result, the females did not protect themselves and in turn, became aggressive towards their young.

As time went on, the females showed more and more aggressive behaviour, isolation elements and a lack of reproductive mood.  There was a low birth rate and, at the same time, an increase in mortality in younger rodents.

Then, a new class of male rodents appeared, the so-called “beautiful mice”. Calhoun would later muse on the reasons behind the rise of these “beautiful ones,” these mice which were healthy in appearance yet had died in spirit. Calhoun described them in more existential terms in a paper titled ‘Death Squared’:

“Autistic-like creatures, capable only of the most simple behaviours compatible with physiological survival, emerge out of this process. Their spirit has died … They are no longer capable of executing the more complex behaviours compatible with species survival.”

He theorised that mice were in many respects like mankind and that in the absence of any tension, pressure, or stress they had lost their focus and sense of purpose and identity.

They refused to mate with the females or to “fight” for their space.  All they cared about was food and sleep. At one point, “beautiful males” and “isolated females” made up the majority of the population.

According to Calhoun, the death phase consisted of two stages: the “first death” and “second death.” The “first death” was a drastic detachment and lack of will to participate in mouse society – the death of the animal’s spirit.  It occurred before the “second death” or physical death of the body.

The “first death” was characterised by the loss of purpose in life beyond mere existence — no desire to mate, raise young or establish a role within society.

As time went on, juvenile mortality reached 100% and reproduction reached zero. On day 560, the population had reached its peak of 2,200 individuals which was well under Universe 25’s maximum capacity of 3,000. After day 600, there were few pregnancies and no surviving young.

Among the endangered mice, homosexuality emerged and at the same time cannibalism increased, even though there was plenty of food. Cannibalism, pan-sexualism and violence then became endemic. Mouse society had collapsed.

Two years after the start of the experiment, the last baby of the colony was born. By 1973, the last mouse in Universe 25 died.

John Calhoun repeated the same experiment 25 times and each time the result was the same.

Universe 25, John Calhoun’s NIMH experiment (8 mins)

If the video above is removed from YouTube, you can watch it on Bitchute HERE.

Are we are currently witnessing direct parallels in today’s society?  Weak, feminised men with little to no skills and no protection instincts, and overly agitated and aggressive females with no maternal instincts?

Implications for Humanity

The Universe 25 experiment offers insight into the demise of humankind. The beautiful ones in particular show us that individuals will not assume a productive role in society if they do not have proper relationships or role models in the environment, in which they grow up. Additionally, if there exists no conflict, no danger, or no “work” to be done in a society, its inhabitants, like the beautiful ones, will ultimately lose their purpose in life.

Universe 25 is not a perfect parallel to humanity, Catherine Rasgaitis argued. “As a more sophisticated species, we have access to science, technology, and medicine which can help us prevent such a dystopia.”

Having witnessed events over the last couple of years – as more and more people become aware of the globalists’ dystopian plans using science, technology and medicine – perhaps Rasgaitis would argue differently today.

However, as to the question of whether the same could happen to humankind, for Calhoun, there was no doubt. No matter how sophisticated we considered ourselves to be, once the number of individuals capable of filling roles greatly exceeded the number of roles then:

Only violence and disruption of social organisation can follow … Individuals born under these circumstances will be so out of touch with reality as to be incapable even of alienation. Their most complex behaviours will become fragmented. Acquisition, creation and utilisation of ideas appropriate for life in a post-industrial cultural-conceptual-technological society will have been blocked.

Death Squared: The Explosive Growth and Demise of a Mouse Population, John B Calhoun, Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine Volume 66, January 1973

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A Person
A Person
8 days ago

Odd how when the population drops, the mice don’t start acting like how they did at the start of the experiment – mentally unable to adjust, they advance to their destruction.

Mark Deacon
Mark Deacon
Reply to  A Person
8 days ago

Fighting becomes engrained in the population the peace component is removed.

With nobody projecting peace the fighting continues.

Violence is definitelyt engrained in the far left now.

Gerald
Gerald
8 days ago

Humans are capable of self reflection, detaching from and observing their own thoughts and actions which animals aren’t capable of doing.

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Bob - Enough
Bob - Enough
8 days ago

Ah, we had a look at this on a forum and whilst the article states quite correctly that – “Weak, feminised men with little to no skills and no protection instincts, and overly agitated and aggressive females with no maternal instincts?”, but in my view, that is just a small step, maybe another experiment…. but keep it in mind for the next bit.

Many of you, will have seen this = https://www.theverge.com/2022/7/26/23278795/saudi-arabia-neom-the-line-mirror-design-plans-pictures-renders

Many of you may not know about this = https://www.weforum.org/videos/japan-is-building-a-futuristic-smart-city

or = https://www.weforum.org/centre-for-the-fourth-industrial-revolution-japan/smart-city

In fact the similarities are incredible, they shove us into our own hives, cut off ways to get out, or travel (ban on petrol, diesel etc), control us fully through smart apps and devices … again I wonder if it is all just to appease the sick and psychotic elite’s boredom, to use us as rats or mice in an experiment, watch us fight and have a laugh.

This is happening NOW – https://ilovemanchester.com/manchester-plan-smart-city

Jayna Dinnyes
Jayna Dinnyes
Reply to  Bob - Enough
8 days ago

Well, yes, I believe that THE EVIL THEY are playing with us!
The Bible does state though “the evil doers dig a hole for the
righteous to fall in . . .but fall in it themselves.”
King Solomon in Proverb 26:27
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Islander
Islander
Reply to  Bob - Enough
8 days ago

My chicken run is full of rats at the present moment-they have their own ‘smart city’ therein! I must get a feral cat very soon.

Bob - Enough
Bob - Enough
Reply to  Islander
8 days ago

Give them each a set of “Meta glasses”, glass of Vodka and they will be fine.

john
john
Reply to  Islander
8 days ago

Buy some polyfilla or plaster of paris. Mix it with flour and a chicken cup of soup. Leave in a place where it can’t get wet.
The rats will eat it and die.
That’s organic for you.

Jayna Dinnyes
Jayna Dinnyes
8 days ago

Hey! Do you know human beings are NOT the same as rats? How
can they even be compared to each other? Sigh. Seems to me this is just another excuse to limit population by you know who! By the way, do you know that there is a temple in India completely dedicated to rats? Yeah. lol They run all over one another and seem to get along just fine.I have heard that there is much not used land left on this earth and that even maps are purposely showing less land than there actually is!
WE HAVE BEEN SO LIED TO! I post publicly and freely on MeWe.
STAY WELL NATURALLY!
ETERNAL LIFE BLESSINGS FOR YAHWEH’S SAINTS!

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Islander
Islander
Reply to  Jayna Dinnyes
8 days ago

I most certainly agree with everything you write regarding rats; I would have you know that unregenerate men (and women) can behave far worse than rats!
As we don’t live on a globe, there is more land yet to be discovered!

Are we not “grasshoppers” in His sight, Isaiah 40:22?

Islander
Islander
8 days ago

Unregenerate man ever reverses God’s order.

I quote Mr. Calhoun; “the death phase consisted of two stages: the “first death” and “second death.” The “first death” was a drastic detachment and lack of will to participate in mouse society-the death of the animal spirit. It occurred before the “second death” or physical death of the body.

It is bad enough to compare rats with mankind (made in the image of God); nevertheless, God’s Word declares that rats (beasts) do indeed also have a “spirit” Ecclesiastes 3:21.

As to the “second death” this is not when us humans die! No!!! this happens when the unbeliever is thrown into the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. Revelation 21:8.
The Scripture asserts in no uncertain terms that the first death is the death of the body.

As the old saying goes (which agrees with Scripture):

“If you are born once, you will die twice. Born twice, you will die once.”

Read the chapter three of the Gospel of John (if you are at all interested).

john
john
Reply to  Islander
8 days ago

“Do not make of yourself some thing, when you are no thing.”
A thing is a legal fiction NAME. Dead.
To be a no thing is to stand as a Man or Woman. Alive.
The problem is the vast majority choose to be some thing just to play in a rigged system.

john
john
8 days ago

Laziness and dependency is the catalyst that shall lead to the demise of many in the near future. How many people have taken the opportunity to turn their Land into a “Victory Garden”?
How many have adopted a self sustaining attitude?
Scarcity doesn’t exist. A lack of willingness does.
Ye reap what ye sow.
Get sowing, or die.

Lilija
Lilija
8 days ago

Could it be that Utopias have the opposite effect of what is intended?

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