Something Thoreau wrote on October 23, 1852

“What men call social virtue, good fellowship, is commonly but the virtue of pigs in a litter, which lie close together to keep each other warm. It brings men together in crowds and mobs in barrooms and elsewhere, but it does not deserve the name of virtue.”

Regardless of venue, groupthink effort rarely matches in value the one-on-one exchange of ideas between parties who have like-minded interests and goals. Brainstorming efficiency is inversely related to the size of the crowd.

MG signing off (to avoid the inhibitor otherwise referred to as “noise”)