If pigeons were brilliant, would they flock? Study finds people flock, or behave similarly to others, despite reasoning abilities -- ScienceDaily
Frey explained that flocking, in life, can be good or bad. It can be good for schools of fish, flocking birds, or team cyclists in a race -- where in each case group members gain a greater ability to obtain food, be safe or to win. But flocking can be undesirable in a stock market fall or a riot, for instance, where safety, survival or "winning" can be jeopardized.
." ..These games show that sophisticated human reasoning processes may be just as likely to drive the complex, often pathological, social dynamics that we usually attribute to reactive, emotional, nondeliberative reasoning," the researchers conclude.
"In other words, human intelligence may as likely increase as decrease the complexity and unpredictability of social and economic outcomes."