The article Diversity Makes You Brighter by Sheen S. Levine and David Stark outlines how society can greatly benefit from diversity. In the article the authors describe that new scientific research concludes that groups that are diverse often have better critical thinking skills. They conducted a series of experiments in which two groups competed to find accurate answers to the problems they were given. One group was diverse, and the other was homogeneous. They found that the diverse group's answers were 58% more accurate.
The authors outline that the reason behind these findings is that within a diverse group the individuals were more likely to disagree, and therefore discuss thoughtfully together to come up with an answer. The difference in point of views forced those within the diverse group to deliberate critically. In addition, those within a homogeneous group tended to mindlessly copy others with out questioning the answers. The authors conclude that most environments, especially classroom settings, would greatly benefit from diversity as it helps prompt critical thinking.
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