Tuesday, February 27, 2007

One More Reason for a Unitary Executive ...
Gail Heriot

... though it's not clear that I needed more evidence that "meetings make us dumber."  Anyone who has ever served on a law school faculty knows how disappointing an assemblage of supposedly smart people can be.


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Gail Heriot


From those hilarious "demotivators" posters at despair.com: "Meetings: None of us is as dumb as all of us."

Posted by: dgm | Feb 27, 2007 5:40:15 PM

While I don't disagree that groups are "dumber" than individuals, the details of this study don't seem to clinch the conclusion. The fact that individuals came up with more varieties of soda than groups of three, could also lead to the conclusion that people spend more time thinking about soda when they are alone than when they are in a group. Or that three strangers spend more time thinking about eachother for the first ten minutes, than about the task at hand. It seems a stretch to conclude, from the results of this study, that a group of individuals, already familiar with eachother, might not create more novel solutions to some complex problem than all the individuals separately. Not to mention that the purpose of many meetings is to share ideas that individuals had separately, and not to actually come up with new ones.

Posted by: USD Law Prospect | Feb 28, 2007 10:10:19 AM

It's a very interesting article, be worth of reading.

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