> there is probavbly group think on every list and in every group tyo some degree.
> it can be added that 'cultural factors' include aggresive marketing, including in schools via machines and by having businesses essentially use school cafeterias as retail outlets, since they control culinary education/staffing. there is also the 'supersize it' thing, which subsidizes corn farmers for sweets, and sets in place likely biochemical addiction mechanisms which are hard to end.
> the idea that it is 'up to the individual' i guess comes from ayn rand or maybe nzietche..
Group thinking is, with very rare exceptions, the _only_ kind of
thinking that is apt to achieve anything. (I mean, one or two men/women
a century are all the solitary thinkers we need, and they [e.g., Marx,
Darwin, Einstein] depend more on collective thinking than is often
assumed. For example, the old formula, Hegel + Ricardo +French Socialism
= Marx is probably false; that combinatio worked only in the context of
the developing workers' movement in the 40 years after 1800. Without
that collective/group thinking/practice, no Karl Marx. Probably there
are those on this list who can give a similar account of Newton, Darwin,
The stalest of all "group" thinking is this stupid old chestnut re
'group thinking," which in turn rests on the, THE, fundamental illusion
of modern (capitalist) social ordrers, the existence of tje osp;ated.
abstract. individual, existing prior to and independently of social
relations. Or, as Margaret Thatcher put it, "Society doesn't exist, only
individuals." If one of your thoughts _really_ seems to be the result of
"thinking for yourself," you have probably ignorantly and unconsciously
absorbed some idiocy which has been common currency for a century or so.