I’ve been trying to find some information on the “wisdom of the crowds”. Quite a few years back I read an article in a mag/newspaper on a study that proved the wisdom of the majority (or something similar).
The study gave a group of people a sheet with all the Oscar nominees from an obscure year (I’m thinking 1940s) and asked them to pick the winners. Remember, this was all the categories, not just the glamour ones, so it was pretty hard.
As far as I can remember the study showed that even though no one knew, or claimed to know, the answers, the majority of people guessing, guessed right.
It was a pretty cool result and, while I don’t have any real need for it (it’s not going in a proposal or presentation), I’d like to read it again.
I’ve not read the Wisdom of the Crowds by James Surowiecki so I apolgise in advance if that’s the one.
If anyone out there can send me a link or leave a link in the comments, that’d be grand. If it’s the right one, I can send you a copy of “Bobbi: Everything a Modern Girl Needs” that someone at work has kindly subscribed me to. Thanks for that.
You can also win a copy of Bobbi if you guess what my column for tomorrow’s Blog Herald will be about.