There’s only so big a social group can get before it decays into smaller ones.
Social Brain Hypothesis: primates have large brains because they live in socially complex societies: the larger the group, the larger the brain
Applied to humans, Dunbar computed a theoretical maximum of 150 for human social groups.
A range (by a factor of 3)
- Casual Friends: 150
- ‘Dinner’ Friends: 50
- Close Friends: 15
- Intimate Friends: 5
Can we scale trust beyond the Dunbar number? Is this what makes large orgs so sluggish and boring to work at?
What about in web3? Structure helps us scale beyond ‘natural’ community sizes but this seems difficult in a group where the ethos is very much against said centralized structure.