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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Shaping Opinions - Pessimist or Optimist ??? From Slashdot

The original Slashdot entry can be seen by clicking the title!  I have included most of the description here! It provides further references to the source! Hmmmm! What do you think?  Are we "unshakeable" or is the TeaParty?

An anonymous reader writes "Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. 'When the number of committed opinion holders is below 10 percent, there is no visible progress in the spread of ideas. It would literally take the amount of time comparable to the age of the universe for this size group to reach the majority,' said SCNARC Director Boleslaw Szymanski. 'Once that number grows above 10 percent, the idea spreads like flame.' The findings were published in the July 22, 2011, early online edition of the journal Physical Review E."

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