How Many Friends Does One Person Need?

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    Robin Dunbar (of the Dunbar Number) chats with Alok Jah of the Guardian (along with others) about friendships and the Dunbar number, which is the theoretical limit of viable stable relationships one person can have.

    Dunbuar’s new book, "How Many Friends Does One Person Need" is also out and discussed.

    —Huffduffed by vanderwal

  2. A Little Less Conversation

    Some people thought the laying of the trans-Atlantic cable might bring world peace, because connecting humans could only lead to better understanding and empathy. That wasn’t the outcome—and recent utopian ideas about communication (Facebook might bring us together and make us all friends!) have also met with a darker reality (Facebook might polarize us and spread false information!). Should we be scared of technology that promises to connect the world? Guests include: Robin Dunbar, inventor of Dunbar’s Number; Nancy Baym, Microsoft researcher.

    https://slate.com/technology/2018/10/people-thought-the-trans-atlantic-cable-or-facebook-might-bring-world-peace.html

    —Huffduffed by kevinpacheco

  3. A Little Less Conversation

    Some people thought the laying of the trans-Atlantic cable might bring world peace, because connecting humans could only lead to better understanding and empathy. That wasn’t the outcome—and recent utopian ideas about communication (Facebook might bring us together and make us all friends!) have also met with a darker reality (Facebook might polarize us and spread false information!). Should we be scared of technology that promises to connect the world? Guests include: Robin Dunbar, inventor of Dunbar’s Number; Nancy Baym, Microsoft researcher.

    https://slate.com/technology/2018/10/people-thought-the-trans-atlantic-cable-or-facebook-might-bring-world-peace.html

    —Huffduffed by adactio

  4. #352: The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar

    In 1912 a four year-old boy named Bobby Dunbar went missing in a swamp in Louisiana. Eight months later, he was found in the hands of a wandering handyman in Mississippi (the picture at left was taken just days later). Reporter Tal McThenia co-authored a book about the Bobby Dunbar story called A Case For Solomon.

    —Huffduffed by akurjata

  5. Interview: Robin Sloan, Author of ‘Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore’ : NPR

    Author Robin Sloan has written short stories and worked for Twitter. His new book brings those two worlds together to argue that embracing digital culture doesn’t mean you have to give up the treasured books — and values — of the past.

    https://www.npr.org/2012/10/09/162233599/mr-penumbra-bridges-the-digital-divide

    —Huffduffed by dealingwith

  6. Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club

    Robin Ince is a comedian and writer. For the last two years he has been the host of Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People. His Radio 4 show with Professor Brian Cox, The Infinite Monkey Cage, has just finished it’s second series. Robin has recently written a book, Robin Ince’s Bad Book Club, which casts a critical eye over Don Estelle’s autobiography, tales of giant killer crabs, and romance novels set in the Antarctic.

    —Huffduffed by halazoon