Erving Goffman was a functionalist who came up with the theory of dramaturgy. This said that life was like acting. Everyone was just trying to convince people they are the person they wish to be, so they put on a show. This didn't mean that people were always faking who they were, but their concern about how others portrayed them was so large that they tried to convince them they were a certain person.
Anthony Giddens was seated on a sofa in the main lobby between Erving Goffman and F.A. Hayek. The three scholars watched and discussed the communication happening among the guest and participants. F.A. Hayek politely commented "these people are all self-absorbed in their madness."
Herbert Spencer (1820 - 1903) was an English philosopher and political and social theorist. Spencer was enormously influential in Britain and the United States. He is credited with coining the phrase "survival of the fittest" which he came up with after reading Charles Darwin's work.