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The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes - Life With Alacrity

The Dunbar Number as a Limit to Group Sizes - Life With Alacrity | Dunbar's Number | Scoop.it
Lately I've been noticing the spread of a meme regarding "Dunbar's Number" of 150 that I believe is misunderstanding of his ideas.
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Lon Woodbury's comment, December 1, 2012 2:31 AM
In studies of game play and internet startups, It seems a common guild size would be about 8, and in other contexts around 60. That seems to be the source of the peak-valley in the above graph
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Is There a Limit to the Friendships We Can Maintain?

Is There a Limit to the Friendships We Can Maintain? | Dunbar's Number | Scoop.it
Our minds may put a ceiling on our real and virtual connections.
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Dunbar's Number-- Meaningful Social Networking Connections: Facebook, Tweeter... Oversimplification, Irrelevant, Unrealistic

Dunbar's Number-- Meaningful Social Networking Connections: Facebook, Tweeter... Oversimplification, Irrelevant, Unrealistic | Dunbar's Number | Scoop.it
Dunbar's Number is the theory that one person can only manage a limited number of social relationships due to limitation of the human brain, but with emergence of social networking sites, such as; Facebook, Twitter...
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Dunbar's Number: Why Celebrity Train Wrecks Grab Your Attention

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Millions of years ago, our brains became wired to remember about 150 people as "close friends". This is probably because early hominid tribes gathered in communities of that size. Today, this explains why an infantry company organizes aroun...
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The Innovation of Loneliness - YouTube: - A Use of Dunbar's Number

What is the connection between Social Networks and Being Lonely? Quoting the words of Sherry Turkle from her TED talk - Connected, But Alone. (http://www.ted...
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This doesn't mention Dunbar's number, but a major factor in their conclusion that social media creates loneliness is the findings of Professor Dunbar. -Lon

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It's a Co-op: Dunbar's number revisited - why 70-80 people is the max size for a community.

It's a Co-op: Dunbar's number revisited - why 70-80 people is the max size for a community. | Dunbar's Number | Scoop.it
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Simon Johnson: Jacob Lew, Mary Jo White and Dunbar's Number

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How empires collapse.... (Simon Johnson: Jacob Lew, Mary Jo White and Dunbar's Number - How empires collapse…. http://t.co/sp0CRwsN)
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Looking at policy makers friends and collaborators allows us to predict how the policymaker will perceive their responsibilities. -Lon

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How To Get Others To See Your Potential - blogs.hbr.org (blog)

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blogs.hbr.org (blog) How To Get Others To See Your Potential blogs.hbr.org (blog) In a frenetic world where we're all stretched far beyond Dunbar's number (the famed idea that humans are optimized to handle about 150 social relationships), it can...
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Stop Being A Hated IT Overlord -- InformationWeek

Stop Being A Hated IT Overlord -- InformationWeek | Dunbar's Number | Scoop.it
Recent research suggests that only 30% of workers are fully engaged in their job. We can't fix corporate dysfunction until we break down bureaucracy and do right by our employees.
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The Dunbar Number, From the Guru of Social Networks

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How a technophobic Oxford primatologist became Silicon Valley's social networking sage
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What is the Monkeysphere?

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So how many monkeys would it take before you stopped caring?

That's not a rhetorical question. We actually know the number.

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The Connected Company › The future is podular

The Connected Company › The future is podular | Dunbar's Number | Scoop.it

Does the business pod he refers to match the approximately 7 indicated by the graph of most effective number of groupings? -Lon

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Monkeyspheres, Dunbar's Number, Personalized Search Results ...

Monkeyspheres, Dunbar's Number, Personalized Search Results ... | Dunbar's Number | Scoop.it
Why am I posting stuff about media echo chamber effect, and online filter bubbles / tailored search engine results and monkeyspheres? I have been doing some thinking about how we all increasingly isolate ourselves into ...


Interesting concept, that in our 150 "friends" we tend to self-select those that agree with us, making the world an "us" vs. "Them".  -Lon

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The four pillars of a decentralized society | Johann Gevers | TEDxZug

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. What if we could rebuild our society in a way that works fo
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The speaker talks about the potential of overcoming the limitations implied by Dunbar's Number. -Lon

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Why Dunbar's Number is Irrelevant | Social Media Today

Why Dunbar's Number is Irrelevant | Social Media Today | Dunbar's Number | Scoop.it
() For those of you not familiar with Dunbar’s number it basically says that the most amount of people that you can maintain stable social relationships with is 150.  According to wikipedia: “Dunbar’s number is a theoretical cognitive limit...
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150: The Neuroscience of Facebook, Empathy and Relationships for ...

150: The Neuroscience of Facebook, Empathy and Relationships for ... | Dunbar's Number | Scoop.it
Not able to talk to all your 2,000 Facebook friends at once? Still find that even with 10,000 Twitter followers, you still have conversations with the usual suspects? Well there's a reason for that. It's called “Dunbar's Number”.
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The Dunbar Number, From the Guru of Social Netw...

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How a technophobic Oxford primatologist became Silicon Valley's social networking sage (How a technophobic Oxford primatologist became Silicon Valley's social networking sage

june holley's insight:
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The social web and Dunbar’s number | Talk NYC

The social web and Dunbar’s number | Talk NYC | Dunbar's Number | Scoop.it
Over the past ~2 million years, up until ~100-200 thousand years before the present, the lineages leading up to modern humans have exhibited gradually increased cranial capacities. Why?
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Dunbar's Number, American Capitalism, and What's Left of Libertarians.

So... Dunbar's Number... For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, I recommend reading either of these articles for a primer http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeanders/2012/07/18/oxford-scholar-f...
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So, the writer suggests that Dunbar's Number suggests that modern governments and corporations are too large and complicated for the average mind to grasp and control, thus they are unmanageable.  I would think that parallels the idea that large governments and corporations are inhuman to boot. :) -Lon

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The social web and Dunbar’s number : Gene Expression

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RT @DrMiriam: The social web and Dunbar’s number : Gene Expression http://t.co/2sEKvHGoOQ by @razibkhan #evolution
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Occupy Wall Street plagued by the hierarchy it seeks to destroy - National Post

Occupy Wall Street plagued by the hierarchy it seeks to destroy - National Post | Dunbar's Number | Scoop.it
Occupy Wall Street plagued by the hierarchy it seeks to destroy National Post Known as Dunbar's Number, and named for British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, that threshold means any group that grows much larger is prone to breaking down into factions...
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Why don’t people reach out to people they don’t know?

@WorldTeamInternational, a good friend, tweets today: Why don't you reach out locally to homeless, professionals, person next to you at Starbucks? Answer and expose heart idols. Definitely, there a...
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The Dunbar Number Explained « A little bit of this, a little bit of that

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The advent of Facebook and other online social networks has made the Dunbar Number a well known concept. This article provides a nice layman's explanation of the Dunbar number, in the words of Robin Dunbar himself.
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His concept of rings of influence - 3-5, 12-15, 50, 150, 1500. - noted that seems to grow by factors of 3. 

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Seven may be a wonder but four is just about the limit for your brain processes

Seven may be a wonder but four is just about the limit for your brain processes | Dunbar's Number | Scoop.it
With seven wonders of the world, seven deadly sins, and seven days of the week, one could be forgiven for thinking the numeral seven had special significance to humans.
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Hummm.  Another number that might have some kind of relationship with Dunbar's efficient group size. -Lon

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Some thought on Identity, Roles, and Wealth - exploring Dunbar ...

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My recent reading have included a number of work by or about Marshall McLuhan, and Cesar Hidalgo. I have read a couple of articles related to the Dunbar number and have not read any of Dunbar's books and therefore I ...


From this, he points out that in a dunbar number group, there will be limited specialization, and a tendency to resist any change in behavior or character of any of the members. -Lon

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The Late Enlightenment: Dunbar's Number and Startup Adolescence

Kevin Simler has written about a connection that I've also noticed, that between Dunbar's Number of 150 and startup organizations. He goes further and analyzes startups in terms of anthropology, which is excellent.
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