Collective wisdom might best be found when small groups of people are given a chance to discuss and deliberate, say social scientists Dan Ariely, Gerry Garbulsky, Joaquin Navajas and Mariano Sigman. Could this suggest a better way to vote?

African American writer Rich Benjamin spent two years living in — and writing about — America’s whitest neighborhoods. The response to his book (and TED Talk) was honest, raw — and sometimes misunderstood his purpose. Here, he responds to the response.