The Pleasure (and Pain) of "Maybe"
Sapolsky, Robert M., Natural History
Both tease and terrorist exert control by fostering uncertainty in their targets.
Then there was the summer Jonathan spent unsuccessfully wooing Rebecca. Both were savanna baboons living in the Serengeti Plains in East Africa, part of a troop I've been studying intermittently for twenty-five years. Jonathan was a gangly juvenile that had recently joined the troop; Rebecca was the confident young daughter of one of the highest-ranking matriarchs. Jonathan had taken one look at Rebecca and developed a god-awful male baboon crush that had him loping around after her wherever she went.
What he was probably after was to get her to groom him, or maybe even to coax her into …
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Publication information: Article title: The Pleasure (and Pain) of "Maybe". Contributors: Sapolsky, Robert M. - Author. Magazine title: Natural History. Volume: 112. Issue: 7 Publication date: September 2003. Page number: 22+. © American Museum of Natural History Dec 2008/Jan 2009. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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