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The founder of GORE-TEX had a hunch that the optimum number of employees in a given factory was 150. Research by Oxford University professor Robin Dunbar seems to confirm his hunch. Further, he extrapolated from the data that we cannot have more than 150 meaningful friends. Is God bound by the human limit?
For material based on today's gospel reading, see "Count Your Wows," April 13, 1997, at HomileticsOnline.com.
How many friends do you have? Some people think you can never have enough. There's a Facebook page entitled "Raise the maximum number of Facebook friends allowed." The petitioner is not satisfied with the paltry 5,000 friends that Facebook has deemed to be enough. More friends are necessary, the writer claims, but not for in-depth conversations or a soul-searching exchange of ideas about the meaning of life. No, he (it's got to be a "he") needs more friends because that will make games like Mafia Wars and Farmville more fun. If there are more people,...