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From: Steve Drew <email@example.com>
> I suspect that group conformity is one of those things that straddle the
> meme-gene divide. I presume that like the other apes, we evolved in group
> situations, and that a lot of our behaviours are a result of this. that
> however, we now no longer live in immediate family groupings, and tend to
> have only tenuous familial links with many of the people we know. Hence
> behaviours are genetic but our choices of group are memetic. If you
> the ultimate loner - the hermit or recluse, they are still regarded as
> much outside the norm and still generate a sense of wonder and fear.
yes, my view exactly ! Our group- bonding mode is no longer accurate.
Our sense of being, our notion about the Self and our individualism tends
to disminishing the groups- evolution.
Although many of us tends to keep the group- notion in office !
As I experience in restaurants, people tend despite the fact there are
good tables avaible to move up closer to my/ our table.
People are draw together in a way, it seems.
Another facet of this, I tend to go in any restaurant of my chosing, even
if there is no other customer inside ( my individualistic tendency I
but 5 / 10 minutes later other customers arrive_ many people said to me,
that I am good for business....Many people don 't dare to enter a restau-
rant which looks empty...
Maybe they are afraid that the food is no good..... !?
A sense of wonder !? Same example... people wonder and look at me
enjoying my meal on my own... or is it jealously !?
Sitting alone in a restaurant, is IMO, yes indeed, in other peoples mind,
outside the norm.
But on the other hand, people tend to get together outside the immediate
family groupings.... bars, sport, meetings, concerts, theatre, film,...
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