The Difference: How the Power of Diversity Creates Better Groups, Firms, Schools, and Societies
In this landmark book, Scott Page redefines the way we understand ourselves in relation to one another. The Difference is 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 Difference reveals 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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - James.Igoe - LibraryThing
Generally, I found the book most engaging for understanding perception, heuristics and decision making, although this did not seem to be the primary premise of the book. As for the writing, it was a ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - dono421846 - LibraryThing
One criticism of efforts to increase diversity in the workplace and other contexts suggests that attention should be on individual ability rather than on group differences. Page offers a logical and ... Read full review
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
DIVERSITYS BENEFITS BUILDING FROM TOOLS
Diversity and Problem Solving Darwins Brass Tacks
Models of Information Aggregation Mindless Signals
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
The Ketchup Questions
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Scott E. Page
Limited preview - 2008