Are the majority always right?

If, in a referendum, the majority vote that 2+2=5 this does no make 5 the correct answer.

Inspired by Socrates’s reply to Melesias in “Laches, or Courage” by Plato

4 thoughts on “Are the majority always right?

  1. It depends; doesn’t it? I realise this is not your point, but 5 is just an arbitrary Arabic numeral. We could have we structured integers as 1, 2, 3, 5, 4, 6… or D, ├, ■, 5, ]…

    One revelation I has was when I started taking physics and started adding forces, so where 3 + 4 =7 in standard arithmetic, 3 + 4 = 5 when summing orthogonal values.

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