Cohesion of Groups
An idea occurred to me about group formation and what makes group last longer. Grouping is a natural tendency. We see it in fish schools, in ants and bees and birds with members exceeding tens of thousands. We see it in clusters of grapes and even in hairs coming out of dandelion seeds, but with groups of hair fixed around one hundred. Why not in thousands? This prompted me to search this tendency to grouping in more detail.
Groups in Nature
Some male birds group in thousand and dance to lure the females. It is the need to produce and survive that makes the birds perform the dance so that the females maybe attracted to the fittest among them.
Fish do the same as they perform mating dance. Bees do waggle dance to communicate to the thousands of their mates about a potential new hive location or a new-found source of food. Again, the bees have a purpose to group for it serves the interests of all members to find a rich food source. It is the trust of information that counts.
Birds gather in thousands in cold weather and keep abreast of each other so that they warm each other. This helps the birds survive the very cold weather. The birds also gather in large numbers because collectively they have less risk being attacked by predators. Survival is a key factor again. The birds also flight in thousands following simple rules so that they may not collide with each other. They benefit from lessening the effort to fly. Again, the interest of staying within the group is safer than flying alone. No wonder very few birds, if any, defects.
A dark flock of dunlins dashes straight over a wetland—until a merlin appears and they all turn at the same moment, flashing their bright white under parts and rearranging their group into an hourglass shape with shocking swiftness. This way they confuse the predators. It is the flashing of thousands of them that make each individual feel safe.
Pondering on the previous examples shows the big motivation factors that make groups last in nature. The trust parameter is high among individuals because each one knows that it serves self-interest to be honest and communicate trustful information. The shared need of survival is the glue that sticks them together.
Cohesion of Human Groups
Human socialize, but short sight and lack of genuine trust to glue members together make social groups fragile. We see how social group change rapidly and collapse like a bubble. The cohesion of social media friends is weak and falls apart easily because of varying self-interests. Just ask your how many of your recent contacts on social media disappeared. Social media weakens the bonding of people and increases suspicions of parties. It is the new gravitational force that overcomes the cohesion force among people.
Dandelions provide a great lesson of compromise. The seeds have a bunch of hair coming out in numbers around one hundred. Why not thousands? The reason is that they seek compromise while carried by the wind between the need to keep their stability with the simultaneity to reduce the air drag. Mathematicians have calculated the that the way to do it is for each seed to have one hundred hairs acting like a parachute. This is an amazing finding as the dandelions figured this out long times ago and without having access to computers.
Jerry Fletcher wrote a comment recently on a post by Mohammed Abdul Jawad titled “Differences, Dogmas and Delusions”. In his comment, Jerry wrote “Mohammed, the mark of a leader is that he or she is not concerned with having followers but in helping others lead. That, in large measure, is based on trust which goes both directions. And so it goes”. I concur fully with Jerry as nature tells us it is all about trust.