From flocks to prides to packs to tribes, the predisposition to form groups is deeply rooted in our genetics. But there is a dark side. The group mind operates at a more primal level than our individual consciousness and, when there are conflicts, it often prevails. Complicating matters is the power that leaders have in steering and controlling groups. Examine the evolution of groups, how they function, the role of leaders, and explore the power of groups in modern society.

Creve Maples has a degree in Chemistry (MIT) and a PhD in Nuclear Science (UC Berkeley). He has worked in academia and the private sector, designing advanced computers and developing virtual reality systems. His interest in history and archeology led to the formation of companies active in these areas. These classes result from a scientific curiosity, love of photography and travel, and desire to explore unusual, thought-provoking topics.