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Scientists at the University of Leeds have conducted research that proves the tendency many have to act like sheep, unwittingly following crowd as if they didn't possess a reasoning mind. While this tendency may have its uses in some situations, such as planning pedestrian flow in busy areas, it doesn't inspire a ton of hope for humankind.
The study showed that it takes a minority of just five percent to influence a crowd's direction - and that the other 95 percent follow without even knowing
Scary. Are we such sheeple that we allow a few "informed" people to lead us around without even knowing what's happening? Sadly, it makes sense. How many fall for scams of all kinds because of friends or "informed" sources, from pyramid schemes to religious hoaxes and political coverups. We seem to believe just about anything, or blindly tolerate it as long as the message is delivered with enough social credibility.
Originally posted by Jean Paul Zodeaux
Now watch the scientific community follow, en masse, this study and follow up with more studies about following, and then students of science will be taught to follow these studies about following so that they can graduate and do more research and write more studies on how easy it is to follow the crowd. Oh sure, some students will challenge this scientific paradigm, but the scientific community will label them "sheeple denialists" and shout them down, maybe even expel them for refusing to follow.