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 â€śFinancial Pageâ€ť 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. â€śA socialist might draw some optimistic conclusions from all of this,â€ť wrote The New York Times. â€śBut Surowieckiâ€™s framework is decidedly capitalist.â€ť Some reviewers felt that the academic language and business speak decreased the impact of the argument. Still, itâ€™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 â€śexpertsâ€ť who guess only 65 percent correctly.
Posted by pking
Oct. 09, 2007