The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

1 June 2006

Collective wisdom and other myths

I've made four attempts at trying to summarize this essay by Jaron Lanier, and I couldn't do it without quoting half of it.

Very likely this is the same problem Scott Chaffin had with it:

It's long and it's impossible for me to accurately excerpt. You're just going to have to take my word for it, and read it, if you're interested in web stuff, and what's going on online.

This much, however, I can say: if you have two people with IQs of 100, you do not necessarily have the equivalent of one person with a 200 IQ. The much-heralded "hive mind," except under very specific circumstances, is way less than the sum of its parts.

Naturally, it's being oversold.

Posted at 6:02 AM to Almost Yogurt


Heh. The latest version of ExpressionEngine comes with a Wiki module, and I haven't been able to think of a way -- or even a reason -- to use it.

Posted by: McGehee at 10:27 AM on 1 June 2006

I've written a couple of things for Wikipedia; I'd like to think they bring up the site's credibility a few nanopercent.

Posted by: CGHill at 8:07 PM on 3 June 2006