Wow, I hope I wasn't the cause of this thread drift! If I am I apologize.
Eric, I agree with you. When I stated my hesitance about breaking up a fight, I was referring to the point in a fight where blows were actually being exchanged. I think you are right about being able to intercede when a confrontation is still in the verbal stage.
As far as the part about humans and crowds, I've think it is true that humans are less likely to offer assistance when in a crowd. I've personally witnessed it too many times to say otherwise. Why else do you think people so often refer to human behavior as a "herd" mentality?
[Edited by BC on December 15, 2000 at 03:24pm]