Quote: Collective Stupidity

Quoted from [Creating Passionate Users](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/cpu/~3/79458827/the_dumbness_of.html)
>Meanwhile, an individual best achieves optimal stupidity on those rare occasions when one is both given substantial powers and insulated from the results of his or her actions.

If the above criteria have any merit, then there is an unfortunate convergence. The setup for the most stupid collective is also the setup for the most stupid individuals.

Every authentic example of collective intelligence that I am aware of also shows how that collective was guided or inspired by well-meaning individuals. These people focused the collective and in some cases also corrected for some of the common hive mind failure modes.”
–[20Q Creator](http://www.20q.net/)