“If we have an endless number of individual minds who are weak, meek, submissive and impotent – who renounce their creative supremacy for the sake of the “whole” and accept humbly the “whole’s” verdict – we don’t get a collective super-brain. We get only the weak, meek, submissive and impotent collective mind.”
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Have you ever been in a meeting, and agreed with the group because you thought it’s what the others wanted? Has concern about standing out as a lone voice ever led you to say ‘yes’ to a group decision when ‘no’ was your own personal response?
One of the few things that I really remember from my time at university is a lecture entirely devoted to the Abilene Paradox. This is where a group of people decide together on an action that is contrary to the preferences of any of the individuals in the group. Each member mistakenly believes that their own thoughts are contrary to the group’s, and therefore does not object. The basis of the Abilene paradox is a desire not to rock the boat. The older I get, the more I can relate it to the problems we have with society as a whole.
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