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Book Club Sunday but Trash Pickup Cancelled
Sunday event: Carl Westman leads discussion of the book, "The Wisdom of Crowds."

However, the Trash Pickup, originally scheduled for Sunday, has been postponed until a later date.

SUNDAY, 4:00 p.m. EVENT

Book: The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies, Societies and Nations

Author: James Surowiecki

Sunday, October 14th, 2007; 4:00 p.m.
Barnes and Noble Bookseller

(Discussion led by Carl Westman)

Editorial Review from Bookmark's Magazine:
Surowiecki first developed his ideas for Wisdom of Crowds in his “Financial Page” column of The New Yorker. Many critics found his premise to be an interesting twist on the long held notion that Americans generally question the masses and eschew groupthink. “A socialist might draw some optimistic conclusions from all of this,” wrote The New York Times. “But Surowiecki’s framework is decidedly capitalist.” Some reviewers felt that the academic language and business speak decreased the impact of the argument. Still, it’s a thought-provoking, timely book: the TV studio audience of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire guesses correctly 91 percent of the time, compared to “experts” who guess only 65 percent correctly.

Posted by pking
Oct. 09, 2007