Mice utopia or Mice heaven was an experiment lead by American ethologist and behavioral researcher John Bumpass Calhoun. He was well known for his theory of population density and its effect on behavior. Calhoun claimed that the bleak effects of overpopulation on rodents were a grim model for the future of the human race.
The experiment took the place at the National Institute of Mental Health in Maryland in 1968. Calhoun built a large pen with perfect conditions for the mice: plenty of wood and water, perfect climate conditions and lots of wood shavings for a great comfort. He also created 256 separate apartments, accessible via mesh tubes bolted to the walls. The place was free from predators and other worries. The mice had only one limitation- space, which was a 4 ½ foot cube pen. These conditions allowed them to live to a very old age.
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Eight mice were introduced into the pen in July 1968, in which they enjoyed perfectly prepared conditions. The first pups were born 3 and a half months later and the population doubled every 55 days reaching 620 by day 315, after which the rate of population growth dropped, doubling every 145 days. The peak population was 2,200 mice, while the pen setup was made for as many as 3,840 mice in terms of nesting space.
At the peak population, most mice spent every living second in the company of hundreds of other mice. They gathered in the main squares, waiting to be fed and occasionally attacked each other. Heaven was beginning to fade.
After the peak period, a breakdown in social structure and in normal behavior began. Mice lost their attraction to the opposite sex and began to develop secluded populations which Calhoun called “the beautiful ones.” Generally guarded by one male, the females—and few males—inside the space didn’t breed or fight or do anything other than eat, groom and sleep, abandoning their babies- living only for themselves.
Other adult mice started wounding the young while dominant males lost their ability to protect their territory. The mice became fat- hardly able to move and increased homosexual behavior became normal. Despite perfect conditions, after day 600, social breakdown continued and the population declined.
Population growth in Canada and the western world depends on migration from third world countries. Because of good living conditions, people live longer and the population gets older. Many women refuse to have babies as they are focused on their careers, personal development and other personal reasons. Sales of birth-control drugs are skyrocketing. Men are avoiding the responsibility of having children and are focused on their careers and living for adventure.
There are growing numbers of antisocial people, especially within the younger generation, due to social media, online games and the virtual world. In Japan more than half of million young people have become social recluses or “Hikkimori”. Homosexuals and other forms of sexual identity are exploding with huge support of various government programs. The family life style has become passé, and kids are encouraged to report their own parents for perceived violations of social norms.
The numbers of social workers, behavioral “experts”, psychologists, and charlatans are booming. Free drugs, cheap alcohol, unlimited wireless data allow the disenfranchised to escape reality and jump into the virtual world. Lack of “common sense” in political representatives and community leaders contribute to the decline of the traditional western lifestyle.
Upcoming15 min cities, of which Canada is aleader, is much like the described mice pen above;“Perfect living conditions within the limited space”. How it will work was perfectlytested during the “pandemic” lockdowns, when people were imprisoned in their own homes. Mortality rates climbed, the birth rate wend down and thousands of families fell apart with the support of the current political establishment, which is just a shadow government controlled by the powers behind the scene.