Why bananas can defeat the Wisdom of Crowds

I’ve used “The Banana Experiment” as an example of the dangerous of “group-think” and the “that’s how we’ve always done it here” mentality many, many times. I’m not 100% sure where I heard it originally, or if the experiment itself actually really happened. I don’t think either matter, as they’ve never been a problem in terms of the power of the story or its usefulness as a parable about the way that we think and how “going with the group” is not always the best thing.

The Banana Experiment recently began doing the rounds as a meme, so I thought it was high time I shared it properly here.

The banana experiment