Mosh Pits Teach Us About the Physics of Collective Behavior – Lindsay Abrams – The Atlantic

Ok, so moshing is explained as people acting as a gas. Implication for negotiations–let alone all the hygiene jokes.

Look familiar? Moshers, as they “move randomly, colliding with one another in an undirected fashion,” seem a lot like gas particles, the researchers note. Or, as Silverberg explained to me: “It turns out that the statistical description we use for gasses matches the behavior of people in mosh pits. In other words, people bounce around like the molecules in a gas.” And they can be understood using the same basic principles we use to study those molecules.

via Mosh Pits Teach Us About the Physics of Collective Behavior – Lindsay Abrams – The Atlantic.

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