In social networks, group boundaries promote the spread of ideas, study finds

Allowing voluntary segregation, call in “Pan-Nationalism”, will give people the security from which they can make inquiries into the unknown and foreign. It will improve communication, peace, and harmony.

This is not a controversial idea. The idea of self determination is embedded in many of the pivotal documents and declarations of history, including the Treaty of Versailles, Wilson’s 14 Points, and the Declaration of Independence.

It only seems radical because of a very small, very loud group of neo-Marxists.

Counterintuitively, he finds that breaking down group boundaries to increase the spread of knowledge across populations may ultimately result in less-effective knowledge sharing. Instead, his research shows that best practices and complex ideas are more readily integrated across populations if some degree of group boundaries is preserved.

The findings suggest that a policy to increase integration in the workplace by doing away with ethnically affiliated clubs, for example, could actually reduce the likelihood that ideas and beliefs would be shared across the company. The work has implications for institutional attempts to increase diversity, businesses’ efforts to spread shared values and organizations interested in integrating solutions to complex problems.

https://phys.org/news/2015-06-social-networks-group-boundaries-ideas.html

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