Are the deliberative and choice procedures depoyed in the exercise of democracy effective means of harvesting collective intelligence? People have doubted that since the first election -- Walter Lippmann famously argued against the proposition in the ealry 20th century in his book, "Public Opinion." Here a Yale political science professor argues that collective intelligence is superior to individual decision-making in a democracy. A preview interview -- the book isn't scheduled for publication until January 2013 -- Howard
"When it comes to elections, much worry goes into whether or not voters are truly ‘qualified’ to head to the polls. According to Jason Brennan, many are simply as bad as drunk drivers. But do we make “smarter” decisions politically as a group than as individuals? Hélène Landemore thinks the answer is yes. An assistant professor of political science at Yale university, she is also the author of Democratic Reason: Politics, Collective Intelligence and the Rule of the Many, forthcoming in January 2013. Recently she took part in a Q&A about her book, explaining the concept of collective intelligence, its superiority over individual decision-making, and why democracy is the best way to make decisions for the common good. Read her interview here:"