Difference How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies

ISBN-10: 0691138540
ISBN-13: 9780691138541
Edition: 2008 (Revised)
Authors: Scott E. Page
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/31/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430

In this landmark book, Scott Page redefines the way we understand ourselves in relation to one another.The Differenceis about how we think in groups--and how our collective wisdom exceeds the sum of its parts. Why can teams of people find better solutions than brilliant individuals working alone? And why are the best group decisions and predictions those that draw upon the very qualities that make each of us unique? The answers lie in diversity--not what we look like outside, but what we look like within, our distinct tools and abilities. The Differencereveals that progress and innovation may depend less on lone thinkers with enormous IQs than on diverse people working together and capitalizing on their individuality. Page shows how groups that display a range of perspectives outperform groups of like-minded experts. Diversity yields superior outcomes, and Page proves it using his own cutting-edge research. Moving beyond the politics that cloud standard debates about diversity, he explains why difference beats out homogeneity, whether you're talking about citizens in a democracy or scientists in the laboratory. He examines practical ways to apply diversity's logic to a host of problems, and along the way offers fascinating and surprising examples, from the redesign of the Chicago "El" to the truth about where we store our ketchup. Page changes the way we understand diversity--how to harness its untapped potential, how to understand and avoid its traps, and how we can leverage our differences for the benefit of all.

Preface to the Paperback Edition: Prufrock Avoided
Acknowledgments: The Continuous Life
Prologue: How Diversity Trumps Ability: Fun at Caltech
Introduction: Unpacking Our Differences
Unpacking the Toolbox
Diverse Perspectives: How We See Things
Heuristics: Do the Opposite
Interpretations: Our Own Private Flatland
Predictive Models: Judging Books by Their Covers
Measuring Sticks and Toolboxes: Calipers for the Brain
Diversity's Benefits: Building from Tools
Diversity and Problem Solving: Darwin's Brass Tacks
Models of Information Aggregation: Mindless Signals
Diversity and Prediction: The Crowd of Models
Diverse Values: A Conflict of Interests (Or Is It)?
Diverse Preferences: Why Tapas
Preference Aggregation: Four (Not So) Depressing Results
Interacting Toolboxes and Preferences: Go Ask Alice
The Pudding: Does Diversity Generate Benefits?
The Causes of Cognitive Diversity: Family Vacations, College, or Identity?
The Empirical Evidence: The Pudding
Going on the Offensive
A Fertile Logic: Putting Ideas to Work
Epilogue: The Ketchup Questions
Notes
Index

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