No!: The Power of Dis­agree­ment in a World That Wants to Get Along

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Char­lan Nemeth

At­lantic Books

Con­sen­sus may sound like a good thing, but in re­al­ity, ac­cord­ing to Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley psy­chol­o­gist Char­lan Nemeth, “we make poorer de­ci­sions and think less cre­atively when we adopt the ma­jor­ity per­spec­tive”. If ideas and de­ci­sions are openly chal­lenged, we are forced to re­flect more care­fully, ex­plore al­ter­na­tive per­spec­tives and use mul­ti­ple prob­lem-solv­ing strate­gies – even if we ul­ti­mately de­cide that the dis­senter is wrong. Draw­ing on ex­ten­sive ev­i­dence from her re­search with “sim­u­lated ju­ries” as well as real-life ex­am­ples in ar­eas rang­ing from plane crashes to sur­gi­cal er­rors, Nemeth makes the case for dis­sent and of­fers use­ful tools for over­com­ing group­think.

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