|Grain Elevators in Rockwell City, Iowa|
|Calhoun County Courthouse|
Yes, I know it is obscured by trees. I took this picture because of the sizable radio antennas.
|Railroad lines in Northwest Iowa between Des Moines and Sioux City|
|Colorful clouds after rain shower at one of the gatherings.|
At all of these gatherings there was great deal of chit-chat. Some people would call it talking, but talking to me is communicating information, and to me, chit-chat doesn't qualify. It is more like comforting mouth noises. Or is it?
All these people know each other, and have known each other for most of their lives. There is no real information that needs to be communicated, it's just chit-chat.
A similar thing is going on at these social gatherings. It's like a hive mind thinking. Little bits of information flow across the room, information that has a different value for each individual, but by passing it repeatedly and in parallel you can be reasonable sure that it will reach those who need to know, even if you don't know who they are.