what is your Dunbar’s Number?

we will start with a poll.

i have long believed that modern life in the age of capitalism and globalization is missing a sense of community.

just ran into a few terms i was not familiar with and wanted to share. neo-tribalism and dunbar’s number.

in the past few weeks i got a feeling, of which this is yet another proof, that almost any idea i come up with and is innovative, has already been thought of, documented and researched. hard to be original….

jean-jacques Rousseau was my favorite little street in paris in the 80s, as the location was great and my repeat-visit-youth-hostel was located there. turns out he was essential not only in the laying the ground work for democracy, but also for its dialogue with community.

Dunbar’s number is the supposed cognitive limit to the number of individuals with whom any one person can maintain stable social relationships: the kind of relationships that go with knowing who each person is and how each person relates socially to every other person. Proponents assert that group sizes larger than this generally require more restricted rules, laws, and enforced policies and regulations to maintain a stable cohesion.

No precise value has been proposed for Dunbar’s number, but a commonly cited approximate figure is 150.

Dunbar’s number was first proposed by British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who theorized that “this limit is a direct function of relative neocortex size, and that this in turn limits group size …”


2 Responses to “what is your Dunbar’s Number?”

  1. Ran Arad Says:

    This is really interesting stuff! Makes you also think of the people with 500+ LinkedIn contacts – do they even remember who each one of them is?

  2. adisababa Says:

    hey, watch it, i am one of those with 500+, and no, i do not know them all. perhaps i should restart

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