In revealing how conformity works, prolific legal scholar Cass R. Sunstein discusses the dangers of social dynamics and how group opinions can shift to extremes. Anyone can follow the crowd, Sunstein notes, but dissenting can generate social benefits by reducing extremism and polarization. If you don’t speak legalese, you may find this a challenging read, but Sunstein is always thoughtful. Lawyers, policy makers, and those who may face jury duty or serve on other boards and would like to know how social pressure affects decision making will benefit from his insights.

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