Wisdom of Many

Most of the information in your head does not belong to you. As Socrates said: ipse se nihil scire id unum sciat. How much of your knowledge has been obtained from your own experience? Our consciousness operates with the memes created by other people. You will see that trust is the primary instrument of our knowledge, and conformity is the essential property of our society. That also explains such social phenomena as information cascades and the groupthink.

But the main conclusion that we make in this chapter is that the described system is incapacitated. Any computer model of society that simulates the memetic exchange processes, inevitably demonstrates that conformity prevents such an information system from making any significant progress.

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