Dunbar’s Problem

Humanity lives in a world with a population that far exceeed Dunbar’s Number. How does this impact the stability of our civilization? IMAGE SOURCE

Dunbar’s Number is the limiting number of trusting relationships that a person can maintain. Tribes are known to naturally split after surpassing a population of 150 members. Splitting of the tribes creates a natural Us-vs-Them dynamic. This dynamic often leads to war between tribes unless the two groups can cooperative dynamics. As is typically seen in game simulations, a group in a cooperative environment can switch to retaliatory leading to complete dominance over all other groups. This begs the question, what amount of war is necessary for long term stability of peace?

Dunbar’s Problem

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