By now, you may have heard that Joseph Ratzinger has been elected the new pope. As it turns out, this is precisely what most people predicted — because, over at Electapope.com, almost 25,000 people voted for their favorite, and Ratzinger won by a decent margin: He got 21% of the vote, with Jean-Marie Lustiger coming in second at 17.6%. Once again, the wisdom of the mob wins out.

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I'm Clive Thompson, the author of Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Penguin Press). You can order the book now at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, Indiebound, or through your local bookstore! I'm also a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and a columnist for Wired magazine. Email is here or ping me via the antiquated form of AOL IM (pomeranian99).

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