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Author Nemeth, Charlan, author.

Title In defense of troublemakers : the power of dissent in life and business / Charlan Nemeth.

Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, 2018.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction    302 NEM    DUE 06-01-20
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Edition First edition.
Description xii, 257 pages ; 22 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 215-241) and index.
Contents Introduction: Fear consensus, love dissent -- Part I. Majorities versus troublemakers: the art of persuasion -- Numbers rule -- Even one dissenter makes a difference -- Dissent as an art in changing hearts and minds -- Part II. Consensus versus dissent: closed minds versus open minds -- Consensus narrows thinking -- and kills rationality -- Dissent diversifies -- and strengthens thinking -- Part III. Groupthink versus groups of thinkers -- Group decisions: often in error, never in doubt -- Better decisions: dissent, diversity, and devil's advocates -- Conclusions.
Summary We've decided by consensus that consensus is good. In In Defense of Troublemakers, psychologist Charlan Nemeth argues that this principle is completely wrong: left unchallenged, the majority opinion is often biased, unoriginal, or false. It leads planes and markets to crash, causes juries to convict innocent people, and can quite literally make people think blue is green. In the name of comity, we embrace stupidity. We can make better decisions by embracing dissent. Dissent forces us to question the status quo, consider more information, and engage in creative decision-making. From Twelve Angry Men to Edward Snowden, lone objectors who make people question their assumptions bring groups far closer to truth--regardless of whether they are right or wrong.
Subject Dissenters.
Social psychology.
Thought and thinking.
Creative thinking.
Social influence.
ISBN 9780465096299 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
0465096298 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)

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