• Management,  Psychology,  Sociology

    Mob Psychology—Does a Group Have a Mind?

    It is common to think that a person has a body and a mind. But when groups of people act in concerted ways, it seems that they are a singular body controlled by a mind. How is a random collection of people (who act in individual ways) different from one in which they act as if they were a single body controlled by a single mind? This post discusses the emergence of organization in a random collection of individuals, and the main idea is that two invisible constructs—structure and purpose—rather than the physical bodies create organization.

  • Philosophy,  Religion

    Society is Defined by Heroes

    In the previous post, I alluded to the idea that society is built on the stories of heroes, which are produced through a combination of two of the six qualities—knowledge and fame—of Lord Viṣṇu. These heroes can be renowned due to other four qualities—i.e. renunciation, power, wealth, and beauty. Thus, a hero combines at least three qualities of God (e.g. knowledge, fame, and beauty), and heroes could have all the six qualities of God. Every society has some heroic stories which children grow up hearing, and which become their ideals in life. These stories acquire mythic proportions, and no society is free of such mythology. In fact, as I will…