Another Social Creature – what can we learn?


What if we were to stand outside the ideas we have about ourselves and just look at some of our evolutionary relatives? What could we see about ourselves? 

The beautiful pilot whale, for example, (like those recently struggling on the beaches of the Outer Hebrides.) 

Like us, they are individually highly intelligent (and, Pat, yes, playful)

Like us they are highly social – "entangled in each other" as David Brooks put it last week at the RSA.

And just like us, it's these social skills which are a large part of their success as a species.

And – as in humans – can lead to widespread disaster for particular populations (the "spy-bobbing" observed off Uist is not that different from human crowd panics such as described by our old friend, Dirk Helbing).

Not that special now, are we?




  1. Charlie Gower
    May 24, 2011

    be very curious to see how creatures such as this deal with rejection or loneliness and how that affects social dynamics or even the behavior of the individual affected moving forwards. bet you know that, don’t you…

  2. wendy gordon
    June 5, 2011

    Nice – its always easier to understand a little more about yourself through observing the behaviour of others – even a species or group that appear to be very different

  3. jason @ Internet Marketing
    July 14, 2011

    And they’re quite prepared to throw themselves out of their comfort zone without preparation to flounder around until they either die or get rescued.
    Very human!

  4. Andy
    July 15, 2011

    sights like this are very rare

  5. Josue Trexler
    December 27, 2011

    Josue Trexler

    I really liked your blog article. Awesome.