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You've read 1 of 2 free monthly articles. Learn More. T he idea for a tool to probe the basis of consciousness came to Gordon G. Gallup, Jr. Showing chimpanzees their reflections seemed like a fascinating little experiment when he first tried it in the summer of Gallup was a new professor at Tulane University in Louisiana, where he had access to the chimps and gorillas at what would later be known as the Tulane National Primate Research Center. The chimpanzees there had been caught as youngsters in Africa and shipped to America, where they were used mainly in biomedical research. By comparison, his experiment was far less invasive. He isolated two chimps in cages, and placed a mirror in each cage for eight hours at a time over 10 days. First they treated the reflection like it was another chimp, with a combination of social, sexual, and aggressive gestures.
The Exploratorium is more than a museum. Explore our online resources for learning at home. Use the knife to cut around the top of each milk carton, removing the peaked "roof. Put the carton on its side and turn it so the hole you just cut is facing to your right. Now, use your ruler to draw a diagonal line from the bottom right corner to the mark you made. Slide the mirror through the slot so the reflecting side faces the hole in the front of the carton. Tape the mirror loosely in place. Hold the carton up to your eye and look through the hole that you cut. You should see your ceiling through the top of the carton.
Imagine if Narcissus never made it to the proverbial pond in which he succumbed to his mirror image, because instead, on the way, his manager intercepted him and informed him that due to an escalating global pandemic, he would be working from his home indefinitely, in order to respect social distancing guidelines put forth by Mount Olympus' bureau of public health. So Narcissus went home, where he became obsessed with a man who he saw on the video networking app Zoom , and, endeavoring to join this familiar and handsome stranger in his world, Narcissus succumbed to the glow of his laptop screen. It had not been a stranger in his video feedback, but Narcissus' own image reflected back at him.