053. The madness of crowds

A discussion on popular delusions.


Questions to ponder

  1. What is the optimal number of people solving a problem?
  2. Did we make the “right choice” in November?
  3. Why does it appear that “Fads and Fallacies” must be met with A Continued Need For Vigilance Against Fraud? Why can’t we snuff out the fakery for good?
  4. Across the country at this very moment there are thousands of people who would happily walk into a crowd with explosives strapped to their chest, detonate, and vaporize every nearby citizen. Now such people need merely walk into a crowd maskless to achieve similar results. Are we ready for the coming age of stochastic viral terrorism?

Readings to consider