Thursday, September 23, 2004

The New Centurion

A man named Richard Dunbar has argued that 150 is the maximum number of individuals who can cohere as a natural group and that this limit is an inherent one in the very wiring of our brains. Beyond 150, he claims, it becomes necessary to start to institute government, in the form of formal laws and regulations. Even before the 150 limit there begins to be a deterioration in our ability to handle it, as early as 80. Here are three good articles about this and related topics, for example how this puts limits on al Qaida.

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