« A lovely thing I saw today | Main | Is it time to retire the black and white logo? »

Mar 15, 2009


Tom Harle

Do you think they'd behave differently if the alternative route was made even clearer? Just wondering if some sort of map sign showing the complete diversion would help people realise that walking round wasn't so bad.

George Morgan

This reminds of Horizon the other night, on how people react to disasters and emergencies.

It cited a study where people were asked to sit in a waiting room (under the pretence of the experiment not having started yet), which was slowly filled with smoke. People on their own quickly left and alerted someone. People in the room with actors, told to ignore the smoke, simply sat there, assuming 'someone else would do something'.

Probably something to do with people needing their actions validated when in groups etc.?


Also known as The Division of Responsibility. i.e. the larger the group the smaller an individuals responsibility is to the group or his/her self. Oh, if only my psych professor could see me now…


Hard to trust a temporary sign.


Urban Runners like me don't need to heed those sorts of signs. I could just SWIM the fucking river anyway.


I agree with Simon, hard to trust temporary signs. As these signs can linger long after the work is complete and the path is open again.

In Japan they'd have paid some poor chap in a day glow jacket waving a flashing wand (like this - http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3181/2730411601_356348cf44.jpg?v=0 - sorry I didn't ask permission to use this) to tell you which way to go.


Interesting how long it takes for a person or people in a group to make a decision, but I like the idea that everyone doubts, disbelives or challenges the sign (the instructions) and has to go right up to it to see it and believe it. I like this aspect of human nature, of not just acting like automatons.


I read somewhere that the collective IQ of a group is that of the "lest smart" member divided by the number of people that form it.

I totally agree.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name is required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)