Scientific Study Finds that When 10% of a Population have an Unshakeable Position on a Social Issue, that Position Will Eventually Prevail

Approximately a year ago, scientists at the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute published a paper, which is described in this article. The findings are that when at least 10% of a population comes to an unshakeable conviction about a social issue, that idea will eventually prevail and be adopted by a majority. See here. Thanks to Phil Berg for the link. The theory has important implications for people who study dissident political movements, including minor parties.

4 comments

  1. Nick Kruse · · Reply

    This study seems very flawed. At least 10% of the population has an unshakeable position on being pro-choice. At least 10% of the population also has an unshakeable position on being anti-choice. What happens now?

  2. 1 – Good point. But you have to dig deeper. A mere 7% have an unshakeable belief that the decision whether a pregnancy should go full term should be decided by using a lifeline on a reality TV show.

    Therefore the only question remaining on this issue is…do you want to be host when that unshakeable position ultimately prevails?

  3. Has the ring of Sunday supplement pseudo-science.

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