Dr. Beads

Saturday, December 11, 2004

I Think, Therefore I'm Paralyzed

It has been shown that the time required for a group to reach a decision varies (non-linearly) with the number of individuals in the group. (The proof is left as an exercise for the reader.)

Given a group comprising n individuals, possessing an average of h years of higher education, derive an equation for the time required for the group to reach a decision.

Are there any discontinuities in the function? Describe.

a.) the theoretical impossibility of getting more than 4 people with graduate degrees to agree on anything without the use of force;
b.) the social advantages of being a complete dumbass;
c.) the implications of "b" for the recent election.


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