Hell Is Other People

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John B. Calhoun created a utopia for mice called Universe 25, in 1972
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Will Wiles remembers John B. Calhoun, who created a utopia for mice, called Universe 25, in 1972: [T]here was no scarcity of food and water in Calhoun's universe. The only thing that was in short supply was space. This was, after all, 'heaven'--a title Calhoun deliberately used with pitch-black irony. The point was that crowding itself could destroy a society before famine even got a chance. In Calhoun's heaven, hell was other mice.

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