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User Review  - wishanem - LibraryThing

I don't really have a lot to say about this book. I agree with the basic argument that groups can be smarter than individuals at certain tasks, but I wanted more substantive support. The anecdotes and ... Read full review

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User Review  - kathysmallwood - LibraryThing

The conclusion of Surowiecki's book is compelling and his anecdotal evidence makes for an enjoyable read. Overall, for me this book was a bit dull, but I believe that was a result of multiple ... Read full review

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User Review  - samsheep - LibraryThing

Enjoyed it - well written and intelligent with lots of interesting examples on how, given the right conditions, crowds can come up with some surprisingly good answers. Slightly put off by the ... Read full review

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User Review  - ArupForesight - LibraryThing

Interesting book. Finally read it in 2007 even though the ideas in the book have had a significant impact on the strategy for the foresight team at Arup. I liked the examples and found myself agreeing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Miro - LibraryThing

A very interesting book built around the observation of Francis Galton in 1906 that a country fair crowd are more accurate as a group (average) than any individual (including experts) in a Guess the Weight of a Ox competition. Read full review

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If you have been afraid to read this book for fear of running into ideas that fall prey to the sharpshooter heuristic, your fears are founded. However, despite some bad arguments, this book was far more balanced that I imagined it would be. In truth, it should be titled The Wisdom and Stupidity of Crowds: Parsing out What Makes Groupthink More or Less Effective." It had a lot of interesting little tidbits of knowledge that were new for me. Because of this, I would recommend this book to anyone who is capable of sifting out anecdotal stories and focusing on the parts that were far more informative and fact-based. 

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User Review  - rcorfield - LibraryThing

'The Wisdom of Crowds' was diverting but disappointing. Summarised by "Groups are often good at solving problems, but sometimes they aren't" Read full review


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