Wis­dom in a crowd

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - Suzanne Blouin, Alexan­dria

The Editor, My mes­sage is this: “Please come out and vote cause there is wis­dom in a crowd.”

Bri­tish math­e­ma­ti­cian Mar­cus du Sau­toy demon­strates how ac­cu­rate a group can be in the third episode of the Net­flix series “The Code.” His ex­per­i­ment con­sists of a big jar filled with 4,510 jelly­beans and 160 in­di­vid­u­als guess­ing how many jelly­beans are in the jar. As many un­der­es­ti­mated as over­es­ti­mated the amount but the to­tal (about 722,383) di­vided by the num­ber of in­di­vid­u­als (160) re­sulted in close to the right amount of 4,510.

Ap­ply that prin­ci­ple to pol­i­tics and all our in­di­vid­ual po­si­tions whether to the left or the right would re­sult in a mostly de­sired out­come if more of us voted.

One way of rapidly as­sess­ing one's po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion it is to go to the “Vote Com­pass” and fill out the ques­tion­naire. It will not take long to find out how you per­son­ally fit in the po­lit­i­cal land­scape.

Whether you stick to that po­si­tion or not is up to you but please come out to vote.

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