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Strongly opinionated members can determine a group's consensus decision, even when they make up only a small minority. New research of animal behavior shows, however, that adding ignorant or uninformed members to the group can counteract the minority’s powerful influence and promote a more democratic outcome.
Originally posted by JayTaylor
I believe for democracy to work properly then the people have to be educated and informed enough to make intelligent decisions when voting.
Instead, we have an educational system that's more geared towards wasting 12 years of a child's life instead of teaching them much that's useful or applicable. Then, if that isn't enough, people get brainwashed by the idiot box on a daily basis by media that tries (successfully) to influence how people think.
Originally posted by Cosmic4life
reply to post by Aeons
Yeah that's all we need, Applied Apathy.
Now if they had said group choices may be influenced by unique individuals.
Originally posted by clarkness
I believe for the most part is not the need for uncaring and apathetic individuals, but the need for a stronger opposing force to go against the pre-existing force.
The best thing we can do is take those ignorant and uniformed people and educate them. I know a lot of us on here do spend quite a bit of time educating ourselves and passing information to each other, but how many of us actually take time to pass information that we have learned to people outside these forums?
The biggest problem we face is not doing anything in light of strong opinions of the minority (in which I am inserting the 1% here). If the people of the 1% vote for certain things to come into effect and no one of the ignorant/uninformed vote, it tends to be an extra victory.
Knowledge is important, but we must not forget to package the information is non-threatening and easy to digest way.
Most, of the American people at least, is too used to being spoon-fed information, so we have to remember to keep things simple and wet their appetite when it comes to trying to bring them to their "awakening".
And I just wanted to say that I have been reading these forums for about 6 months now (and yes, I have finally posted today ), and I have come to believe this site is the best of the sites out there. This site has enough people to generate different perspectives and moderators seem to be somewhat under control.