This was on my reading list for a long time, finally picked it up at the
Denver Public Library and read it in one sitting. Here are my as usual
First example: put 750 marbles in a glass and have a group guess
independently. The average will be very close to the truth.
What is needed for a group to work: some individual information
(could be bias, different approach etc), not leaning or depending
too much on the others in the group, being able to express/agregate
their information (voting, markets - not reaching consensus).
Price markets work well because of this. Stock markets not so well
because everyone want to predict what others think, not what the
value of companies are.
Examples of why corporations exist, very much in line with “The
Efficient Society” by Joseph Heath.
My thought: can the last be transferred to the elections in the US?
The two candidates that run for election are not presenting voters
with a great deal of choice, so the primaries are very important.
But with the last Democratic primaries, people did not try to vote
for the person they thought would best do the job, but rather the
person that they thought other people thought would best do the job
(ie the person who was most “electible”), and thus their choice was