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Crowdfunding the future: Mad science, bad science, and the Tesla Museum

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… the world with his development of alternating current (and inspired direct current supporter Thomas Edison to electrocute an elephant ), before vanishing into madness and obscurity.

If you’re interested in crowdfunding, you’ll probably know all about Operation: Let’s build a Goddamn Tesla Museum, which has become one of crowdfunding’s most high-profile success stories to date. So far, over $1m has been raised to preserve the Wardenclyffe facility, the site of a particularly …

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When stupid beats smart: the power of collective ignorance

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… M. Herzog and Ralph Hertwig have investigated this very question, and set out to challenge Thomas Carlyle’s observation that “I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.” We’ve written before about the dangers of overestimating your own ability, but what if our stupidity is our secret weapon?

Stupid is as stupid does?

Herzog and Hertwig designed a novel experiment to compare the ability of experts and uninformed subjects when predicting the results …

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Teaching kids to win

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A friend of mine once taught at a school in London’s East End. It was what a recruitment consultant might describe as a “challenging” teaching environment. The role was less Robin Williams in Dead Poet’s Society , more Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds . Kids weren’t climbing on their desks so they could chant “ O Captain, my captain ”, they were just …

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