The Rise and Fall of a Rat Utopia: The Universe 25 Experiment

TLDR In 1958, John B. Calhoun conducted an experiment to create a rat utopia, but it quickly turned into a dystopia. The experiment showcased the negative effects of overcrowding and overpopulation, as well as the breakdown of social structures, but its scientific usefulness and implications are still a topic of debate.

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00:00 A man tried to create a utopia for rats, but it turned into a dystopia instead.
01:53 John B. Calhoun conducted a study in 1958 to create a rat utopia with no shortage of food, water, predators, and plenty of space, divided into four parts.
03:34 In the 25th version of the experiment, the mouse population initially doubled every 55 days, but after reaching a population of 620 on day 315, the time it took for the population to double increased to 145 days.
05:08 The mouse society in Universe 25 began to break down, with violent and cannibalistic behavior, a halt in population growth, and the emergence of a group of mice that engaged in no social activity.
06:45 The different interpretations of the Universe 25 experiment include overcrowding and overpopulation, the lack of available social roles, and the potential negative effects of excessive socialization.
08:14 The experiment was used to explain the breakdown of the family and some people have made connections between the experiment and how people react on social media, but these opinions were not backed up by any actual data.
09:43 The rodent experiments of John B. Calhoun have been the inspiration for several fictional works, but scientifically, the experiment wasn't useful to explain much of anything and its implications are still being debated.
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