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Submission + - Uniformed individuals promote democratic consensus in animal groups (sciencemag.org)

slew writes: Although this isn't "new" research, I just saw this presentation at a GPU Technology Conference keynote. The gist of this research is that a well functioning democracy (a group that is nominally controlled by the numerical majority) seems to require a minimum number of uninfomed or weak-preference individuals to avoid manipulation by a strongly opinionated minority. If this is true, perhaps electing a certain percentage of spin-less clue-less flip-flopping people as legistative representatives instead of all partisan opinionated intransigents is the evolutionary prefered path to take? Nah!

Computers are unreliable, but humans are even more unreliable. Any system which depends on human reliability is unreliable. -- Gilb