Smoke-filled rooms and tribalism trumping terror…

This from “Active Hope: How to face the mess we’re in without going crazy

… Bibb Latane and John Darley carried out a study examining factors that influence our response to potential danger. [youtube]

In the study volunteer subjects were asked to wait in a room and fill out a questionnaire. While they were at work, a steady stream of smoke-like vapor started pouring in through a vent in the wall and filling the room. If individuals were in the room alone, they responded quickly, leaving the room and looking for help. But when several people sat in the room together, they looked to see how others responded. If they saw others remaining calm and continuing to fill in their questionnaires, they were more likely to do so too. Even when the room became so smoky that it was difficult to see and some subjects were rubbing their eyes, most persisted with their questionnaires. More than two-thirds continued for a full six minutes before they were “rescued” by one of the researchers.

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