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Rationalizing Discursive Anomalies

Goodin, Robert


Sunstein's�Infotopia�offers four reasons for thinking that information-pooling via mechanical aggregation of votes is superior to discursive sharing of opinions. This article focuses on two of them�the Common Knowledge Effect and Group Polarisation�showing that both phenomena might have perfectly good Bayesian explanations. Far from constituting 'errors', both can actually contribute to truth-tracking in ways that cannot be accomplished via mechanical aggregation of votes alone.

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Theoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory
DOI: 10.3167/th.2009.5611902


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