Sunday, February 17, 2008

Sheep In Human Clothing: Scientists Reveal Our Flock Mentality

OK, anyone who knows me or frequents this blog knows that this is an issue near and dear to my heart.


You get the idea.
I know it sounds arrogant to equate 95% of the population with sheep, but now I have genuine scientific validation.

"Results from a study at the University of Leeds show that it takes a minority of just five per cent to influence a crowd’s direction – and that the other 95 per cent follow without realising it."


Basically, they sent a crowd of people wandering through a building. They gave a small number of people in the group detailed instructions on where to go, but no one was allowed to communicate with anyone else. And the whole group followed the 'informed individuals' without even realizing they were doing it.

What's even more interesting is that, the larger the group; the fewer 'informed individuals' you need to lead the herd.

Of course, this has both useful and scary implications for crowd control, but surely this information could have more interesting applications.

I realize that our herd mentality exists because, in the past, it has helped our species survive in some way, but maybe this is something we should be trying to overcome. Maybe if people realized that they were marching through their lives with their nose attached to the butt of the sheep in front of them, they would wake up and shake it off. We could see a day where, instead of 5%, 50% of the population would be finding their own path through life, seeking out new ideas and new innovations.

Sure things would be more chaotic, but we, as a species, would be less frightened of chaos.

We could start small, maybe with a study on "black sheep." We could find out what happens if you send a group of artists and musicians roving through a building.


I'm sure the results would be interesting.

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Anonymous said...

Upon stumbling to your site and not spending any time to further investigate your opinions and find out where you maybe coming from, I offer the following comments. This scientific study will not amaze anyone that acknowledges the references Jesus Christ made as him being the Shepard, or anyone that has spent any time on a farm. The sheep is the least intelligent herding animal on the face of the earth. I will assume this study has some meaning to you in today's political climate. I have no idea on which side you stand. As Hillary is proclaiming victory in Ohio and explaining to her followers how a nominee has never won a presidential election without winning Ohio, I see sheep every where. How much education did these people receive growing up, and have any of these people made any attempt to educate themselves past their high school graduation? Some sheep are following Hillary, and other sheep are following Obama. Not one truly educated person could follow either of these wolves. History and economics have never been studied by these sheep. This is why these sheep are divided so equally. The sheep want to believe in green grass and pure water that can be obtained by voting for a slick talker. Just think about the great friend you made at the used car lot. He was your best friend in the world, but it was for one day. Wake up! What made this country the greatest nation this world has ever seen will be eaten by wolves as the sheep walk right to them with open arms. Not a McCain supporter either, but how might a true Christian conservative vote?

Damion said...

christians are a perfect example of sheep, or followers of any form of organized religion. What this validates is that man like every thing on this planet has evolved from common ancestors. Herding mentality provides safety in the wild, I.E. protection in numbers. The evidence of our biological past surrounds us! I find it amazing that someone like anonymous would attribute a primal instinct to jesus. You could say anonymous has provided us with a perfect example of the infantile thinking that is required to be a sheep. Quoting a book that was put together by an emperor of Rome , which by the way says the earth was created in 7 days and that you can live in the belly of a whale... check it out. It is a shame that I won't be alive in thousand years, to see christianity and its ilk tossed into the waste bind of history. Go Zeus!

Jon said...

Took some time for any of you sheep to respond to anonymous' comments. Like the other sheep of today's democratic followers, we find another uneducated person. Validation of common ancestors finding protection in numbers proves a sheep's knowledge of zoology. There are many animals that have herding instincts, but I guess those that do not herd come from other ancestries. Jesus was not compared to a sheep. Jesus compared himself to a shepherd, because he knew the herding mentality of humans. It is amazing that a man that walked on the earth over two thousands years ago made an analogy of humans to sheep, and it took this long to prove it scientifically. You are using this same mentality to disprove that God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit do not exist. How many people in your immediate environment truly believe in Jesus Christ. I know you surround yourself with like minded people. What will be shame in one thousand years is you will have known the truth for about nine hundred and fifty years if you have that much time. I know the thought of God scares people that do want to believe, but for people that can realize we will never completely find out how this whole universe works, its just easier to believe and not chance eternity. It is hard to believe God could be so much more intelligent than humans that he could create this world and everything in it in seven days. Believing all this happened by chance is a more intelligent choice. Please, you must have more inside of you telling you this could not be. Those that do not believe in Christ have deep issues understanding why and how. Every intricate aspect of our world proves intelligent design. Whether you accept this or not, it is your free will. You will find out one day, just do not allow that day to be the day you leave this earth. What makes Christianity the only religion on earth that bothers nonbelievers? How many people from other religions bother you? Do not worry. You are not alone in this dislike for Christians. When is the last time you feared your life from a Christian suicide bomber? Christianity scares you more though. (Perplexing) Upon reading this, how agitated are you? Why are you bothered if somewhere deep down inside something is not telling you to get on the right side. Wolves love eating sheep. There is no chase or fight.

damion said...

Jon, all religions are backwards not just yours, what makes you think yours is so special? What I find amazing is that you believe in a book written about a fictitious character 120 years after his supposed death . One which predicted the end of the world before a generation would pass. Jon if you had been born in ancient Greece you would believe in Zeus. What sheep never realize is that they are a product of their environment. Jon you live in a culture that is permeated in christian propaganda 80% of our population claims its creed. Thank Satan you were not born in the middle east! Jon I'm reaching out to you man I would love to save what is left of your intellect, but I need you to grab my hand you are very close to the edge. As far as creationism oops excuse me intelligent design the courts are throwing it out of the schools all over the country. Why ?..it's not because they hate christians most of them are, "their seems to be some sort of litmus test something about being christian" I think thay even use the bible in court, although I could be wrong most non sheep realize that. No the real reason unlike a church Jon, is that in a court of law one most PROVE what one is saying... I love you man, its people like you that make me realize just how stupid most people are! Thats right sheep!! Jon didn't you say you have shepherd?

damion said...

p.s. jon, the books of the bible were decided upon by a pagan emperor Constantine around 300 c.e. The shepherds thought it better that they control the message.

damion said...

Sheep........

damion said...

"What makes Christianity the only religion on earth that bothers nonbelievers? How many people from other religions bother you? Do not worry. You are not alone in this dislike for Christians."( jon) jon I threw all religions in their. "It is a shame that I won't be alive in thousand years, to see christianity and its ILK tossed into the waste bind of history."( damion ) Notice I said Ilk. SHEEP........

damion said...

"I know the thought of God scares people that do want to believe, but for people that can realize we will never completely find out how this whole universe works, its just easier to believe and not chance eternity." (jon). jon I spend alot of time trying to fiqure out how the universe works and we have come a long way since the dark ages, and I feel it my personal responsibility to challenge anyone who wants to take us back there. Unlike religions (note I say religions all of them) which is completely based on dogma, science is based on reason which allows it to be open for debate that is its essence. And I promise you jon no matter how simple your debate is scientist will not burn you on a stake . As far as fear of god is concerned, you are the only one expressing it "its just easier to believe and not chance eternity." (jon) To live a life in fear is to not live a life at all, and to base your entire being on it well thats just pathetic. I love debating religious sheep they shot the holes in the argument so I don't have tooo ! joe dirt

Jon said...

Damion, you seem somewhat agitated. You stopped and came back four times. Please do not have a heart attack over this. You would find the truth to soon. I know my religion is special and you do also. This is why it bothers you and the rest of the world so bad. It must be tough suffering in a country where the sole base was formed from the Christian belief. I am a product of my environment, but I would never subscribe to any idea that I had not fully challenged. It seems that you have educated yourself through authors of the same denial. I know there are multiple parts of the Bible that trouble many people, but what and where did you learn the morals and ethics you posse. The environment you are in has picked and chosen what is right and wrong. The moral ethics of the entire world and most other religions are based on Biblical principle. These principles are not found in any document that predates Exodus. Your comments of ancient Greece and mythology should open your eyes. These people were trying to find the same thing you are. They knew, the same as you, there is a supreme being. You and they just wish not to subscribe to his teachings. Therefore, you make it up as you go. It feels better not having any responsibility. I understand. I have been there, but something just keeps nagging. The greater the nag, the harder you fight. Let it go, and you will enjoy life much fuller. How far have we come finding out how this universe works? Supposed science came up with a global warming theory. We have just seen one of the coldest winters on record. For your information the coldest winter in one hundred years for China, and the first recorded snow in Iraq. The record cold has dropped the mean average temperature to the point some scientist believe we are headed into global cooling. We are learning much. No arguements on this topic for now that will get us off point. Todays science has an agenda. A side is picked depending on which side of the issue wants to be proven. The proof follows the money. None the less, I am enjoying this. It is hard to find someone like yourself in my herd. My herd covers much territory.

damion said...

jon, In the belly of whale.

damion said...

jon, You believe a person can live in the belly of a whale. You strike me as self educated. baaaaaaaa

damion said...

My dear jon , where did you go? I'm not done with you, I have more of your illustrious quotes to decimate. I quotes "The moral ethics of the entire world and most other religions are based on Biblical principle. These principles are not found in any document that predates Exodus." (jon). Now this is the problem with home schooling, most of it is done by religious nuts who can barley count let alone provide the basis for critical thinking one needs to thrive intellectually. Now what I have provided below is a sample of "The Cod Hammurabi" written well before exodus in Mesopotamia, They also have a flood story that predates anything in the old testament. As a matter of fact the old testament version looks like a direct copy, Well you know, "stupid is as stupid does" (Forest Gump) When Anu the Sublime, King of the Anunaki, and Bel, the lord of Heaven and earth, who decreed the fate of the land, assigned to Marduk, the over-ruling son of Ea, God of righteousness, dominion over earthly man, and made him great among the Igigi, they called Babylon by his illustrious name, made it great on earth, and founded an everlasting kingdom in it, whose foundations are laid so solidly as those of heaven and earth; then Anu and Bel called by name me, Hammurabi, the exalted prince, who feared God, to bring about the rule of righteousness in the land, to destroy the wicked and the evil-doers; so that the strong should not harm the weak; so that I should rule over the black-headed people like Shamash, and enlighten the land, to further the well-being of mankind.
Do I need to say it? SHEEP....

damion said...

Sorry I wrote in a hurry please Google The Code of Hammurabi.
love ya you sheep.

damion said...

I really suggest that if you can't take the heat stay out of the kitchen.

Jon said...

Hey Damion,

Please forgive I had to work today. I do not sit at desk behind a computer all day. If I did, I would not respond while at work. I hope you are self employeed, retireed, or were off today. Not running, just do not have time to be entertained at the moment. Catch you later tonight or over the weekend. Glad you are still out there and you still have time for the truth. You never know what day it will be. Stay calm.

damion said...

jon you simply refuse to answer a question do you believe that a man can live in the belly of a whale for several years? Yes jon the truth shall set you free...

damion said...

Why would I have any question believing God appointed a fish to swallow a man and vomit him alive three days later.(jon)

Thank you jon, this has been a good laugh!! Once again you have confirmed my belief that religious people can not distinguish between reality and fantasy. Best of all you have done it publicly!!! I hope you realize you do more to hurt your cause by speaking. If you'd kept quiet, nobody would know how ignorant you faith is!! Don't forget 9:30 is churchin time baaaaaaaaaa.......

damion said...

For all interested this debate carries on in Hillary or Obama blog.

damion said...

As you know, we don't have relationships with Iran. I mean, that's -- ever since the late '70s, we have no contacts with them, and we've totally sanctioned them. In other words, there's no sanctions -- you can't -- we're out of sanctions.
--George W. Bush


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