The title and the note has nothing to do with the photo. It is the view I had from my window before yesterday. The sky was fabulous but my street is nice but not specially interesting.
Dunbar's number is a suggested cognitive limit to the number of people with whom one can maintain stable social relationships. These are relationships in which an individual knows who each person is and how each person relates to every other person. Dunbar theorized that "this limit is a direct function of relative neocortex size, and that this in turn limits group size ... the limit imposed by neocortical processing capacity is simply on the number of individuals with whom a stable inter-personal relationship can be maintained." On the periphery, the number also includes past colleagues, such as high school friends, with whom a person would want to reacquaint themselves if they met again. A recent study has suggested that Dunbar's number is applicable to online social networks as well. Whether online interactions count as stable social relationships is debatable, as virtual engagements do not stimulate the same biological responses real interactions do. The figure of 150 seems to represent the maximum number of individuals with whom we can have a genuinely social relationship, the kind of relationship that goes with knowing who they are and how they relate to us,” Dunbar has written. “Putting it another way, it’s the number of people you would not feel embarrassed about joining uninvited for a drink if you happened to bump into them in a bar.” (from Wikipedia).
It is interesting that such a number exists. it seems to me that I have many friends (relationships) real or from Internet. But are they stable? And how many?
Like many people here on TE, I post my photos on other sites as well. Let's define "success" of a photo as the number of likes, smiles, views, whatever. It is interesting that success depends not only of the quality of the photo itself, but also (and sometimes mainly) on the social rules. Photo successful in one site is not in other. Funny for me (but easy to explain) is that the same persons "like" some photos but do not "smile" at them. Does the "success" of a photo depends on the number of members on the site? probably, but how?
I posted this photo on FB and it was quite "succesful"", how it will be on TE?
Today the view from my window is quite different, we have snow finally!! And soon I will complain that I have to shovel it..
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tyro (25282) 2014-01-16 3:16
Wow! You have certainly given us a very interesting note today! I've never heard of "Dunbar's number" before but I had been aware that it was commonly thought that no single individual could actually have more than about 100 "close" friends, whatever "close" means exactly.
And it is also thought that the main reason for which we and our ancestors, the lower primates, developed such enormous brains was in order that we could cope with an ever increasing social network and not because we were specifically designed to be able to develop and understand differential calculus, build computers or send rockets to Mars.
Interesting too that you now have snow. It is still remarkably mild (about 8 to 10°C) here but still very wet and windy and not at all like usual cold January weather.
A gorgeous late afternoon sky with lovely colours and light and much more like Christmas than the weather was when Christmas was actually here. Interesting houses too with big long sloping roofs - some of the houses look almost wedge shaped. Perfect exposure and excellent details and clarity.
A excellent and thought-provoking upload for TE!
P.S. I will no go and look at the photographs of my other 149 friends! :o)
RhodieIke (11744) 2014-01-16 3:44
Woo, get you, very phlophoscial this morning with your interesting note on friends. Makes good reading and depending how many CLOSE friends we have whether we are sad or happy hey?
Great street scene in your town, and super colours of the setting sun.
Enjoy your day.
jurek1951 (42196) 2014-01-16 4:02
ostatnio czesto ogladam pod wieczor takie niebo i nawet podobna perspektywa tylko domki o innej architekturze,dobry pomysl na fotke,pozdrawiam
williewhistler (16398) 2014-01-16 4:56
crikey,I`m not sure which is the most impressive, that lovely colourful sky or Dunbar`s number but like you sometimes I wonder just who these people are who takes the time to actually study a photograph before liking or not...
The gently sloping roofs and the naked tree make interesting viewing before the lovely sunset.
Best wishes Les.
Sergiom (80608) 2014-01-16 5:09
Quel beau ciel. Toute la palette des couleurs dans ce ciel en flammes.Le cadrage sur cette belle petite rue tranquille est excellent.L'ensemble est d'une grande netteté.
rigoletto (34279) 2014-01-16 7:12
nice, quiet place you are living. it should be looking great when it snows. i saw a very nice, foggy but still red sky, two days ago from my window. i took its photo but it was blurred, so i wait for another magic morning :( i do not use facebook, and i am happy to have only 10-15 friends around. i guess dunbar was working on really sociable people. what is 100 friends????
holmertz (53424) 2014-01-16 8:32
I know the view from your window very well by now. It doesn't look at all like the slums where I often get lost on my journeys while looking for interesting photos :-). A pity you cant have these colours all the time. I think on TE your number of "friends" depends a lot on how much you praise other peoples' photos and give them green smilies. I think you should regard me as a not entirely stable friend.
rychem (36765) 2014-01-16 8:53
Spektakularne niebo, jak pożar na horyzoncie, bardzo atrakcyjne kolory
mkamionka (37147) 2014-01-16 9:02
piekne swiatlo, nieziemskie niebo (doslownie I w przenosni). Bardzo atrakcyjnie wygladaja te domki I sporo wokol zieleni. Wlasnie widze ze oprocz dwoch wspomnianych juz wycieczek msz w planach jeszcze Andaluzje! Ale Ci dobrze! My w tym roku nie planujemy wycieczek zagranicznych ale moze jak sie wszystko ulozy pomyslnie zobaczymy cos na miejscu w najlepszym razie wybierzemy sie odwiedzic rodzine w Polsce.
photoray (13981) 2014-01-16 9:46
Appealing home street scene not only for the saturated sunset colors, but a glimpse in the dark of rock architecture, not typical here.
I must admit to never reading about the Dunbar Cognitive Number. Perhaps it was after my psychology major days many moons ago?
I worked in a huge California bureaucracy, the Dept. of Transportation, and my work required remembering people, but I am certain, I never could remember even a hundred names.
Repetition is the key to memory. The more people one repeatedly communicates with, the larger the sphere of associates or friends. And I forget people's names if I do not keep up a relationship, or repeat memories in my mind. I cannot repeat names from work associates a decade ago, but I can remember numerous details of my first loves, over decades ago, even though I have never seen them again. I wonder how this fits into the Dunbar Cognition theory?
Enough of my analysis,
saxo042 (37888) 2014-01-16 10:08
A fine picture and an interesting note! I see that you, so far has received 22 points for this picture and about 43 likes on FB. You have 342 "friends" on FB, I have 196 "friends" on FB. I believe I have met about half of them... Most of my "real" friends are not even on FB. But I like your note anyway and I am sure we could become friends if we ever will meet.
Silvio1953 (144230) 2014-01-16 11:12
Ciao Malgorzata, fascinating sunset, lovely composition with beautiful tree, splendid light and wonderful warm colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
adramad (45988) 2014-01-16 13:11
Certainly you had a fabulous view from your window, the sky after sunset, you have some fabulous colors, also from home, I have a great panoramic and sometimes I catch beautiful sunsets.
The brightness and sharpness are also perfect.
Have a good night.
carlo62 (49127) 2014-01-16 16:03
hai un modo molto semplice per capire quanti sono veramente amici, invitali a spalare la neve, coloro che arriverranno armati di pala sono amici, gli altri no, in ogni caso, vedrai pochi sorrisi :)
Interessante la tua riflessione, ci ho pensato spesso anche io, è strano come una foto possa piacere in un sito e meno in un altro, sicuramente il numero di amicizie conta, ma, credo, dipende anche dalle aspettative che ci sono in un sito piuttosto che in un altro.
Cerco di spiegarmi meglio, TE mi piace molto non solo per la qualità delle foto, ma posso dare un sorriso anche per una foto meno bella, ma interessante nel contenuto, mi piace conoscere le città e i villaggi, per cui, ogni scoperta, per me, è un sorriso.
Al contrario, non trovo abbastanza interessante un altro tipo di fotografia, probabilmente molto bella, ma non attira la mia curiosità.
Belle e particolari le architetture delle case della tua strada.
jcpix (13930) 2014-01-16 16:25
My limited brain capacity has a hard time wrapping itself around your note, so whatever the outcome or analysis derived from my comment....well, I "like" this picture! :) You've certainly given some good thought to this area of consciousness, which I find fascinating. If for nothing else, the thought provocation from your note and picture has rendered a new way of looking at it, and regardless of the new found perspective, I still think it's a beautiful shot. The sunset colors are fiery cool, and give a lovely mood to the end of day setting here. Nice to get a peek into your world, a real slice of Malgo resides here. :) Enjoy the day ahead, I'm off to check my number of friends!
Noel_Byrne (31414) 2014-01-17 4:05
An intersting note that does get me thinking. I have heard of the number 150 before for social ability of people, but I genuinely dont know how I feel about it. I would like to think that many of the people I know online, but have never met would be people I would not be embarrassed to sit down and have a drink with, but the question would remain, would they be embarrassed to allow me? Hahaha, off topic I guess.
I think comparing success of a shot is an interesting thing, but one thought I would have is that the expectations of a photo here would be very different from on Facebook. I dont use Facebook much anymore, as I prefer to use TE to share photos, because I find that the comments come from more photo minded people. While the comments are generally really positive and nice, even these nice comments dont criticize, but point out to me elements of a shot I had not noticed, and can look out for in the future. Those shots whihc do criticize are welcomed equally, and I have never seen a criticism that I didnt look at and agree with. Its an interesting subject though, so thanks for the note.
And what better shot to sit and admire while pondering the thought than this, the colors in the sky are magnificent! You may not see much interesting in the area outside, but I do, those houses are a very cool shape and a far cry from the standard semi detached I see in my area.
Cool post :)
All the best
macjake (68420) 2014-01-17 4:55
haha...a photo taken from your home...i remember where this is :)
looks like a sweet sunset hapening here, and that large tree provides an effective focal point, the contrasting black branches look great against the reds and purples.
I'm sure Lisa will enjoy these colors :)
Hope you don't have to shovel too much snow!
as you may have guessed, it raining again today near Vancouver
ikeharel (72109) 2014-01-17 8:04
Good evening Malgo,
A fabulous orange sunset you had caught in your window that evening, a moment not to miss.
Also, the neighbourhood looks nice as well.
About the "philosophy" part of your note, made me smile, as long ago heard a radio program while driving about those "numbers" theory. Hope I am in your list of "numbers"... anyway the pic. is beautifull and pleasent to look at.
jemaflor (97969) 2014-01-17 9:17
What a lovely sky with these coors, light is well captured, good contrast with these houses in the fg, tfs.
Waylim (25502) 2014-01-17 9:18
What a gorgeous sunset colors. Wow, I have not seen a nice sunset in a long time. Not that it is not clear here in California. It is always clear but no clouds, so it is just an average sunset.
this cloud is very dramatic with colors. The show is the sky, the street don't to be extra special but nice to see your neighborhood.
COSTANTINO (65742) 2014-01-17 14:02
Bella scena noturna
con un cielo molto romantico
con splendidi colori
e Buon weekend
mesutilgim (95378) 2014-01-17 14:12
Hello dear Malgo,
The most blue, bluehour captuere I've ever seen here !
Many interesting notes has teached me again and that's what TE is good for.
TFS and have a nice weekend
Romano46 (18472) 2014-01-18 2:32
hai colto un tramonto straordinario per la colorazione rossastra del cielo che rende colora in maniera particolare anche le nuvole.
Gradevole anche la composizione con la successione delle case che rendono il soggetto particolarmente familiare.
Sarebbe stato un vero peccato non riprendere questo spettacolare attimo che la natura ci ha offerto.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
serp2000 (44333) 2014-02-02 6:06
Your idea reminds me some music clips, when the lyrics of the song has nothing common ideas with the video screenplay ;) You have got impressive sunset from your windows. Is it an Afrikanska ul.? Or not? I have forget these names.
Well, now I've got the tickets of my next trip ;))
Your Mr. I.F.