In his most recent video "Peppermint Days," nerimon said that we watching the video must be more creative than him because there are more of us. So, it got me thinking; is it an inherent truth that a group of people must have more of something--be it a physical trait or an amount of talent or creativity--than a single person? Discuss.
Inherent is a strong word.
The people together aren't more creative but there are going to be plenty of creative people in a group and some of them are bound to be more creative that Alex Day simply because of odds and numbers. If that group of people was strictly a group of uncreative people then maybe none of them would be more creative than Alex but otherwise it's almost guaranteed that someone will at least think of something that he never would have and thus the group would appear more creative. Even the most creative person you know isn't the most creative person in the world.
However a group of people cannot inherently weight less than a single person. Also there are abnormalities in any group. Everyone in a group could be more creative than Alex or no one could be. Stuff like that.
It's mostly weighing out probabilities. Creativity is hard to measure, but if you go by a score on a particular test, if the individual scored a 50% with the mean score being 75%, there's a good chance that someone in a crowd having scored higher than him. The chance decreases if the individual score 80% or if the individual score 100%