Social Intelligence

31 October 2006 at 6:39 pm 1 comment

I started reading Daniel Goleman’s latest titled Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships, which introduces the field of social neuroscience (which I speak of in my Oct. 13th post on two Scientific American articles about mirror neurons). This follows from Goleman’s groundbreaking Emotional Intelligence and extends it to interpersonal relationships. I believe there is real evidence here to support my theory of energonomics, and it supplies the missing link as I suggested in that earlier post. He speaks of how our minds are wired to respond to the emotional states of others, to mirror these states, and it helps to explain how a charismatic leader can have such an influence on a crowd (or mob) of people. Goleman even speaks of “memes” and points out how this emerging field in neuroscience can help explain the phenomenon of memetic transference.

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Entry filed under: books, energonomics, memes.

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  • 1. Neil  |  5 March 2007 at 10:01 pm

    At what point does a meme take on an uber-personality, i.e. zeitgeist?

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