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Old 02-28-2017, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by LSLGuy View Post
The key thing is our mental systems are optimized for dealing with a couple dozen to maaaybe 100 people and dealing with those same people every day of our lives.

This breaks down when asked to live in a society composed of hundreds of millions. Our concepts of Us, Them, trust, reciprocity, etc., are operating well outside their design parameters. With the predictable failure modes.
For reference, see Dunbar's number:

Originally Posted by Wikipedia
Dunbar's number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationshipsórelationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person. This number was first proposed in the 1990s by British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who found a correlation between primate brain size and average social group size. By using the average human brain size and extrapolating from the results of primates, he proposed that humans can comfortably maintain only 150 stable relationships.[