Re: poly: Belief divergence to induce emigration?

From: Robin Hanson <>
Date: Tue Apr 14 1998 - 13:37:17 PDT

Carl writes:
>Do people in preagricultural tribes have the same level of persistent
>disagreement that we do in modern society? It might be that persistent
>disagreement is a result of taking decision-making mechanisms designed for
>a 100-person society and using them in a 6000000000-person society. For
>example, deciding on a handful of people one respects, and then giving
>great weight to their opinions, will produce near-unanimity in a small
>group and diversity in a big one.

An interesting suggestion. I imagine it wouldn't take that long reading
about the anthorpology of such cultures to learn the answer to your
question. I'd guess disagreement is less, but still substantial.

Robin Hanson
RWJF Health Policy Scholar, Sch. of Public Health 510-643-1884
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Received on Tue Apr 14 21:37:50 1998

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