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

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ISBN-10: 0691138540

ISBN-13: 9780691138541

Edition: 2008 (Revised)

Authors: Scott Page

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 8/31/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 456
Size: 6.14" wide x 9.02" long x 1.18" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Scott Page represents a classic entrepreneurial success story, building a pioneering insurance industry business from the ground up and helping thousands of Americans improve their financial lives. During a 25-year business career, he raised millions of dollars in investment capital from Wall Street but always with an eye on helping average citizens. He is an ongoing contributor to The Huffington Post on retirement issues and a regular guest on Fox Business Network.

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