I don't suppose this thread will go too well (haha), but I've often wondered about this: We often see common or consensus opinions about things. For example, "Plastic Ono Band is the best John Lennon album," "The first six Sabbath albums are the only ones worth bothering with," "Kind of Blue is the best Miles Davis album," or "You should skip over Radiohead's fist album, Pablo Honey." Maybe I could think of better examples, but there are some pretty clear consensus opinions about some albums, some artists, and so on at any rate. So: To what extent do you think these common opinions are due to people being biologically similar to each other versus people being socially influenced by each other? Do you think that if we took 100 people, raised them in a controlled environment with no exposure to others' opinions, and gave them large record collections to listen to over the course of many years, 80 (or however many of them) would still think that Plastic Ono Band is the best John Lennon album? I know that whenever you suggest that social influence is a signficant factor, people tend to get offended. It's usually hard to talk about that, which is why I'm dubious that this thread will go well. What do you think?