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October 31, 2004



IMHO, I think the "inherent danger" that Ivan refers to occurs when people are making decisions based relationally on what others are deciding - hence the risk of information cascades.

I took a different slant from Surowiecki in that crowd value is most useful when the group is diverse and the individuals are not all connected which reduces the risk of information cascade.

Ivan Chew

The book "Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age" by Duncan J. Watts cited a social experiment by this researcher called Solomon Asch, where he proved that an individual starts having doubts when s/he is the minority in the decision. To be more exact, the experiment showed how social group pressure
lead to "conformity modification and distortion".

I found this URL which explains the experiment in detail (http://www.age-of-the-sage.org/psychology/social/asch_conformity.

So there's an inherent danger in "taking advantage of crowd insights".

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