major research institution announced the discovery of
the heaviest element yet known to science. This new
element has been tentatively named,
has one neutron, 12 assistant neutrons, 75 deputy
neutrons and 111 assistant deputy neutrons, giving it
an atomic mass of 312.
particles are held together by a force called morons,
which are surrounded by vast quantities of particles
called peona. Since Administratium has no electrons,
it is inert. However, it can be detected as it impedes
every reaction with which it comes into
amount of Administratium causes one reaction to take
over four days to complete when it would normally take
less than a second.
has a normal half-life of three years; it does not
decay but instead undergoes a reorganization, in which
a portion of the assistant neutrons and deputy
neutrons and assistant neutrons exchange
Administratium's mass actually increases over time,
since each reorganization causes some morons to become
neutrons, forming isodopes. This moron-promoting
characteristic has led some scientists to speculate
that Administratium is formed whenever morons reach a
certain quantity in concentration. This hypothetical
quantity is referred to as, "Critical Morass." You
will know when you see it.
not only seen it. We've been run over by
The figure of 150 seems to
represent the maximum number of individuals with whom
we can have a genuinely social relationship, the kind
of relationship that goes with knowing who they are
and how they relate to us. To have more than 150
people in a group reduces the ability that each member
will be sufficiently familiar with each other so that
they can work together as a functional unit.
Above 150, you have to
impose complicated hierarchies and rules to command
loyalty and cohesion. Below 150, it is possible to
achieve these same goals informally based upon
personal loyalties and direct
When things get larger
than 150, people become strangers to one another. When
your group gets bigger than 150, you begin to get two
or three sub-groups or clans within the larger group.
Above 150 people, there begins to be structural
impediments to the ability of the group to agree and
act with one voice.
Adhering to the Rule of
150, you can exploit the bonds of memory and peer
pressure. Crossing over the 150 line, you lose that
highly effective institutional memory, intimacy and
trust that was gained by knowing people well enough to
understand their strengths and
"The Tipping Point" by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown
Designed Personal Networks Share
We build our social capital by
gaining the unity of a common relationship within
diverse and complex communities. This common
relationship allows us to store information with other
people--so when we need access to that information, we
just ask our personal network.
When people know each
other well, they create an implicit joint memory
system--a transactive memory system--which is based on
an understanding about who is best suited to remember
what kinds of things. The development of these
personal network relationships is understood to be a
process of mutual self-disclosure.
When new information
arises, we know who should have responsibility for
storing it. This is how our network expertise emerges.
Since mental energy is limited, we each concentrate on
what we do best.
The advantage of
understanding people's strengths within the network is
knowing where to get the best advice when needed.
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