Michael Bond: “The intimacy of crowds”

Crowds “are made of highly co-operative individuals driven to shared interests and goals”:    “The idea that in crowds we might give the best versions of ourselves runs counter to the common view that has prevailed since the French Revolution. Yet it has science on its side: from the cohesion of football crowds to the altruism of disaster victims and the solidarity of revolutionaries, the evidence for the sanity and intimacy of crowds has become overwhelming.”