Sunday, July 28, 2013

A little weekend video on the effect of mob mentality

This is one of the better videos I have taken the time to watch on Facebook. Underneath it was a little spiel on "mob mentality", which I have posted below (though I'm not in on the 'deterministic non-linear system').

Bravo to the young men who ran in and triggered this particular herd action. They simply step in and take action, others see what they are doing and are inspired with confidence to do the same. It's quite extraordinary how swiftly this unusual situation, which could have become a messy kind of tragedy, is turned around.

It's a reminder of how our choices and actions can influence those around us.


On March 5th 2012, in Arraial do Cabo, Brazil, about 30 dolphins washed up ashore stranded on a beach only to be saved by beach goers and tourists. From the clip you see one or two people start to drag the dolphins back into the water. It doesn’t take long before more people come along and each grab a dolphin.

All of the dolphins are saved in less than 4 minutes.

Herd mentality, or mob mentality, describes how people are influenced by their peers to adopt certain behaviors, follow trends, and or take action. This video is a prime example how the the initial actions of two people triggered a "herd" response from the bystanders. This in itself highlights how your own behavioral tendencies and the choices you make everyday are examples of how small change at one place in a deterministic nonlinear system can result in large differences in a later state.

It's more than the butterfly effect of chaos theory; its human nature.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Ali

This morning at church we learnt this super new to us hymn from the Sovereign Grace Risen album and I thought you might enjoy it too:

http://sovereigngracemusic.bandcamp.com/track/behold-our-god

I am a regular reader of your blog and really enjoy your posts.

Linda (one of your UK readers)

Ali said...

Hi Linda,

Thanks for your comment. I haven't been able to make that track play here at work yet, but will try again later at home. I think I might have listened to this snog via a Facebook link somewhere a couple of weeks ago and liked it, but will try again!

Thanks again,
Ali