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People Aren't Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say

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#1 TEO



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Posted 09 March 2012 - 12:13 AM

People Aren't Smart Enough for Democracy to Flourish, Scientists Say
Natalie Wolchover, Life's Little Mysteries Staff WriterDate: 28 February 2012 Time: 01:49 PM ET

The democratic process relies on the assumption that citizens (the majority of them, at least) can recognize the best political candidate, or best policy idea, when they see it. But a growing body of research has revealed an unfortunate aspect of the human psyche that would seem to disprove this notion, and imply instead that democratic elections produce mediocre leadership and policies.

The research, led by David Dunning, a psychologist at Cornell University, shows that incompetent people are inherently unable to judge the competence of other people, or the quality of those people's ideas. For example, if people lack expertise on tax reform, it is very difficult for them to identify the candidates who are actual experts. They simply lack the mental tools needed to make meaningful judgments.

As a result, no amount of information or facts about political candidates can override the inherent inability of many voters to accurately evaluate them. On top of that, "very smart ideas are going to be hard for people to adopt, because most people don

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 01:37 AM

We need a leader!!!! :rolleyes:

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 12:20 PM

most people don't seem to care at all about politics and even tend to display an aversion.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 12:56 PM

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