FWD: Clay Shirky on group dynamics

From: Eliezer S. Yudkowsky (sentience@pobox.com)
Date: Tue Jul 01 2003 - 21:58:30 MDT

Michael Wiik wrote:
> This seems interesting
> <<The best explanation I have found for the ways in which this pattern
> establishes itself, the group is its own worst enemy, comes from a book
> by W.R. Bion called "Experiences in Groups," written in the middle of
> the last century.
> Bion was a psychologist who was doing group therapy with groups of
> neurotics. (Drawing parallels between that and the Internet is left as
> an exercise for the reader.) The thing that Bion discovered was that the
> neurotics in his care were, as a group, conspiring to defeat therapy.>>
> http://www.shirky.com/writings/group_enemy.html

This is a really important document for anyone interested in designing
online communities.

"LambdaMOO takes a New Direction". Wow. I can't believe I actually
remember that. I feel old...

Eliezer S. Yudkowsky                          http://intelligence.org/
Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence

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