Sortition on VSauce

VSauce is a popular YouTube channel. The channel, which has millions of subscribers, deals with “scientific, psychological, mathematical, and philosophical topics, as well as gaming, technology, popular culture, and other general interest subjects”.

In April 2021 the channel uploaded a 30-minute video called “The Future Of Reasoning”. The video is a bit of grab bag of ideas and topics, but the main message seems to be that in order to deal with global warming the human race (or the West, or the US) needs to improve the way in which it makes decisions, and that this improvement could involve relying on sortition. “Lottocracy” is presented and argued for starting about 26 minutes into the video and Aristotle is quoted about 28 minutes in. According to YouTube, the video has been watched 6.5 million times – quite a nice exposure to the idea of sortition.

One Response

  1. Pretty well-done video. The connection between Mercier and Sperber’s recent work (as in the book THE ENIGMA OF REASON) and the wisdom of crowds strikes me as particularly important. I actually reviewed Merceir and Sperber’s book recently for PHILOSOPHY NOW Magazine. (The review is forthcoming.)

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