"But it's limited by the fact that Surowiecki has essentially one picture of how collective cognition could work, namely averaging a lot of guesses which are randomly and independently distributed around the true answer --- in other words, the central limit theorem" from
a comment by apparently an academic.
What do you think? I don't remember much from my math education - but it seems credible to me. If this is right than the really hot book is somehow trivial - i.e. it's just a list of examples for some math theorem and it's thesis is very limited as it is only applicable exactly where the theorem assumptions are met. |