Welcome to the Self Publisher’s Blog

by | Feb 15, 2008 | Self Publishing

Dear Self Publishers. This is the place where we can help one another .

You can help one another enjoy the “wisdom of the masses”.

This power we gain by sharing is explained in the book, “The Wisdom of Crowds, Why the Many are Smarter than the Few and How Collective Wisdom Shapes Business, Economies and Societies and Nations” by James Surowiecki.

I don”t much like thee title (too long) but it shows how potent the wisdom of a group can be.

The book begins by telling how at the annual West of England Fat Stock and Poultry Exhibition in the fall of 1906, a British scientist became interested in a weight judging competition. 800 people, smart, dumb, old, young in all types of professions guessed the weight of two dressed oxen. The correct answer was 1,197 pounds. The scientist’s research found that the collective estimate was incredibly close, 1,198 pounds.

The book suggests that there is an uncanny and generally unconscious collective intelligence at work. The book shows how clouds of birds seem to move in one mind but actually are each acting on their own following four simple rules: #1) Stay as close to the center as possible, #2) Stay two body lengths away from your neighbor, #3) Do not bump into another bird and #4): If a predator dives at you get out of the way.

The book suggests that rather than crowds being mindless mobs that the many are weirdly smart and effective even when many of the group are average or below in intelligence or experience.

A key point that the article makes is that there is incredible effectiveness in a diversity of individual intelligences and this is why we are sharing ideas about our publishing ideas and problems here.

We enhance our problem solving ability to more than the 20th power!

So let’s hear it. Expand on your ideas. Send your questions concerns obstacles roadlblocks probelms…whatever and let’s wprl togeehr to help each other succeed.