Thursday, May 01, 2008

We Are A Lot Like Sheep

Science Daily reports that, "humans flock like sheep and birds, subconsciously following a minority of individuals." And it only takes a minority of about 5% to sway the masses. Being a shepherdess myself I found that parallel interesting. As far as sheep go, not all breeds have the same degree flocking behavior. For example when we first added the Clun Forest breed to our flock they were clueless when it came to changing pastures. The main body of the flock would go one way while they went the other way. It made for some pretty amusing entertainment. Eventually they came around with time, but the differences were notable.

A funny example of humans sort of flocking is an incident that happened years ago to my father. He was driving in low visibility behind a line of slow moving cars. You could see the road, but barely. Before you knew it about twenty cars were in a field! The lead car wandered off the road and everyone else followed.