We have talked about weird effects that occur in what I called Social Descriptive Epistemology. I want to get a more precise description of what it is that we are studying. To that purpose in this essay I introduce and explain aliefology and beliefology and speculate about future avenues for investigation and how to use […]Read more "Aliefology and Beliefology"
In this essay I criticize part of Pinker’s model of societal change. I leave my criticism implicit, since making it explicit – if it is correct – would be potentially (very) problematic. Prerequisites We have spoken before about how definitions matter and that disputes about definitions are about power hungry strategic actors wanting to influence […]Read more "Societal Map Corruption"
At some point all of science was together in something called “natural philosophy”. Francis Bacon was the first to attempt to partition the sciences. Nowadays disciplines are partitioned more or less neatly. (Cognitive Sciences being new is pretty haphazard.) And there is one big demarcation I wish to touch upon: between soft and hard sciences, […]Read more "Theories as cameras, theories as engines"
In this essay I argue for the Deserved Persuasiveness heuristic (or “Why it’s a bad idea to form your own opinions”). I being by suggesting a model through which to think about beliefs and belief-structures. I then go over the Naturalistic Decision Making Data/Frame theory of sensemaking. I end by putting the two models together […]Read more "Considerations on heuristics for Map-making: Your naive reasoning mechanisms suck "
In a previous post I argued that one is well advised in expecting some entities to have a vested interest in strategically deceiving ones’ map-creation efforts. Samo Burja has expressed a similar sentiment here. In this post I suggest 3 classes of heuristics aimed at counteracting these deceptive efforts. These are heuristics in Simon’s sense (1): they […]Read more "Heuristics for map-making in adversarial settings"
Others are incentivized to change our beliefs to the degree they are affected by them. This has always been the case and has led to several strategies to do so through a Darwinian mechanism. Facing this, the only reasonable response is to evolve counter-strategies. In what follows I argue for the first two points – […]Read more "On creating a map amidst strategic deception attempts"