Rationalizing Discursive Anomalies

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    Sunstein's�Infotopia�offers four reasons for thinking that information-pooling via mechanical aggregation of votes is superior to discursive sharing of opinions. This article focuses on two of them�the Common Knowledge Effect and Group Polarisation�showing that both phenomena might have perfectly good Bayesian explanations. Far from constituting 'errors', both can actually contribute to truth-tracking in ways that cannot be accomplished via mechanical aggregation of votes alone.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1-13
    JournalTheoria: A Journal of Social and Political Theory
    Issue number119
    Publication statusPublished - 2009


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