Maybe they are more intelligent, but are they smarter?

Maybe they are more intelligent, but are they smarter? Other than some offline joking with one of this weblog’s seven readers, I have mostly ignored the gnashing of teeth by those claiming intellectual superiority over the rednecks like me who voted for Bush. Last night, however, I read several chapters of James Surowiecki’s book, Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations. While I’m not ready to review the book, I am ready to admit that individual Kerry voters may, indeed, be intellectually superior to individual Bush voters (or not). However, I believe Surowiecki’s book provides a convincing argument that the collective wisdom of a majority of 120 million voters is greater than the individual intelligence of any one New York Times columnist.

  • Rafat

    Hey Rex
    I’m almost through reading the book, and have to this: it is a brilliant book, and shatters some of my own elitist presumptions.
    I was reading it not from a political filter, but from a blogosphere/citizen media filter. And it struck me that everyone is talking about Dan Gillmor’s book “We, The Media”…but really, James’ book is a precursor to Dan’s book…read the first book for the theory, and then read Dan’s book for how it plays out.