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Flock Theory: A New Model of Emergent Self-Organization in Human Interaction
Unformatted Document Text:  Flock Theory 17 “…groupthink symptoms of stereotyping of out-groups bears a distinct resemblance to the out-group discrimination that can accompany the induction of social identities. Pressures toward uniformity and self-censorship induced with groupthink can be compared with the process of referent informational influence (whereby group members form and subscribe to norms of their shared categorization) that may accompany social identities.” (Turner & Pratkanis, 1992, p.70) The final aspect of Tenet B states that if the group is faced with the presence of an actor with a level of extreme dissention, as to lead the group in a drastically different direction, the other actors must converge to support the potentially beneficial change, or eliminate the divergent actor. This operates on the theoretical basis of cybernetic systems theory (Wiener, 1948), where a goal parameter is to be maintained and any deviations from this parameter require correction. Moves by group members may seen to be drastically divergent (such as the case of a scientific revolution, see Kuhn, 1962) but it is these very moves that should be initially supported for a multitude of reasons. First, these inputs are frequently the main means of avoiding groupthink, in that they prevent two of the main causes of Groupthink, pressures and the resulting self-censorship. Second, the Tenet A implies that the group should (at least initially) support direction changes of others as to maintain the collaborative nature of the interaction. In- group and out-group effects are another element and are supported by the findings of Turner & Pratkanis (1992), as discussed above. If dissention is found to be beyond the goal parameters of the group, the group can then take corrective action to handle the deviation. This may be in the form of repackaging the dissenting concept in a way that it won’t breakdown the group, or eliminating the group member that is the source of breakdown. Regardless, the structure of the outlined interaction will ensure that it is a group decision and not an individual effort. Axiom 2: Motion Replication

Authors: Rosen, Devan.
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Flock Theory 17
“…groupthink symptoms of stereotyping of out-groups bears a distinct resemblance
to the out-group discrimination that can accompany the induction of social identities.
Pressures toward uniformity and self-censorship induced with groupthink can be
compared with the process of referent informational influence (whereby group
members form and subscribe to norms of their shared categorization) that may
accompany social identities.” (Turner & Pratkanis, 1992, p.70)
The final aspect of Tenet B states that if the group is faced with the presence of an actor
with a level of extreme dissention, as to lead the group in a drastically different direction, the
other actors must converge to support the potentially beneficial change, or eliminate the
divergent actor. This operates on the theoretical basis of cybernetic systems theory (Wiener,
1948), where a goal parameter is to be maintained and any deviations from this parameter require
correction. Moves by group members may seen to be drastically divergent (such as the case of a
scientific revolution, see Kuhn, 1962) but it is these very moves that should be initially supported
for a multitude of reasons. First, these inputs are frequently the main means of avoiding
groupthink, in that they prevent two of the main causes of Groupthink, pressures and the
resulting self-censorship. Second, the Tenet A implies that the group should (at least initially)
support direction changes of others as to maintain the collaborative nature of the interaction. In-
group and out-group effects are another element and are supported by the findings of Turner &
Pratkanis (1992), as discussed above. If dissention is found to be beyond the goal parameters of
the group, the group can then take corrective action to handle the deviation. This may be in the
form of repackaging the dissenting concept in a way that it won’t breakdown the group, or
eliminating the group member that is the source of breakdown. Regardless, the structure of the
outlined interaction will ensure that it is a group decision and not an individual effort.
Axiom 2: Motion Replication


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