If you wanna get really stupid in the fastest and easiest way possible, make sure to only surround yourself with like-minded people. All the others are evil and ignorant anyway…

Watch Cass Sunstein debate his book Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge with Tyler Cowen and Robin Hanson from George Mason University at the AEI-Brookings Joint Center:

Sunstein – Infotopia

“Professor Cass Sunstein presents an optimistic account of the human potential to aggregate information without resorting to prejudice and preconceptions.”

If you enjoyed this talk, also watch Professor Sunstein debate Extremism or read his great essay on the topic:

Why Groups Go To Extremes

“In the course of exchanging opinions, like-minded people frequently develop more extreme versions of their original views on such issues as climate change, labor policy, same-sex relationships, and affirmative action. Groups ranging from citizens’ forums to judicial panels tend to squelch diversity and polarize opinion.”

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