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RT @charlescwcooke: Why is diversity good or bad? Why should I care? Because I don't. I really don't get why "we're ethnically diverse!" is, well, anything.
2013-06-19 21:42:59 GMT
There are different types of diversity, and they can be good as well as bad. Large diversity in fundamental preferences can make it very difficult for a social group to allocate their resources for the common good, because everybody wants something different. But, on the other hand, large diversity in viewpoints and backgrounds and skills can help a lot with coming up with solutions to complicated problems. It is claimed that at least in certain conditions a randomly selected collection of problem solvers outperforms a collection of the best individual problem solvers [
]. Ethnic diversity may, but doesn't necessarily have to, correlate with both, the diversity of fundamental preferences, and the diversity of viewpoints & backgrounds & skills, so its "goodness" depends on the circumstances, but it definitely can have an influence.
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