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Discussion on: Sunday Musings on Bibliomancy, Surrealists, and Using Random Chance in Community Management

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Nicholas Tolstoshev

I like this idea a lot and I've been intrigued with randomness ever since I read the book The Dice Man, where a guy comes up with the idea of making decisions in his life at the roll of a die.

Malcolm Gladwell's Revisionist History has several episodes around the benefits of randomness, for example as an alternative to student body elections. It's fascinating to see the outcomes of random selection: Gladwell makes the point that the skills to get elected are not the same as the skills to govern well, so there's a set of candidates with governing skills that would otherwise never stand a chance of becoming president.