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The Intractable Problem of Informational Cascades

Stephen Downes’ new column on e-Learn does a great job of showing that solving the informational cascade problem is more challenging than I had presented it to be in my own article on the topic. In fact, his own analysis … Continue reading

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Jeremy Wagstaff's LOOSE wire: Blogs And The Suppression Of Dissent

Jeremy Wagstaff, after giving a fairly in-depth summary of my informational cascades article, responds with the following counterpoint: On the other hand, there’s also plenty of evidence to suggest blogs foster a healthy discussion and if someone says something controversial, … Continue reading

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Correction on the Origins of Informational Cascade Research

I was mistaken in an earlier post when I claimed that informational cascades research comes from the “heuristics and biases approach” in psychology. It definitely comes from behavioral economics. Both behavioral economics and the heuristics and biases approach share common … Continue reading

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Informational Cascades, Network Theory, and Behavioral Economics

Stephen Downes’ mention of my article on informational cascades (thanks for the plug, Stephen) led me to his post in the trdev discussion group. He writes: In network theory, ‘groupthink’ is an instance of what is known as a cascade … Continue reading

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Book Recommendation: Why Societies Need Dissent

If you liked my article on informational cascades then you will probably want to read Cass Sunstein’s Why Societies Need Dissent. Sunstein, a law professor at the University of Chicago, writes in detail about the impact of informational cascades on … Continue reading

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