Problem-solving is a skill that is acquired by continually challenging our mind but what is better, wisdom or knowledge? The age-old question of which is superior – wisdom or knowledge – has been the subject of debate for centuries. This fascinating topic was the focus of an experiment where participants were asked to remove a peanut from a tube.
It was organized by Belgian radio station Radio 1 and the peanut in a tube experiment was used in a commercial that encouraged a debate on the effectiveness of the curriculum of the Belgian education system. In addition to sparking a broader conversation about the effectiveness of the curriculum, the experiment also brings awareness to any educational system about whether enough problem-solving exercises are taught.
The task posed to participants in the experiment was deceptively simple: remove the peanut from the tube. However, the real challenge lay in recognizing the available “tools” in one’s environment and using them effectively to solve the problem at hand. This test of problem-solving aptitude brings to mind the impressive skills of chimps, who consistently demonstrate their ability to adapt and innovate in the wild.
But the real question is, will you be able to solve the problem and get the peanut out of the tube?
Watch this peanut-in-a-tube experiment where kids try to get the nut from the maker…
You have to hand it to chimps, living in the wild requires sharp problem-solving skills. Here is the full video of the chimp successfully removing the peanut from the tube.
Watch this “Genius” chimp outsmart the tube…
Some argue if the bottle of water was on the same table, everyone would have solved it. But, being aware of all the available “tools” around you is what problem-solving is all about.
Please share this interesting peanut-in-a-tube experiment with your friends and family and see if they figure it out.