This article was written by a different author than usual. It is a contribution from the editor. Something that has been mentioned previously on this blog is how culture is influenced by natural selection. A society’s culture acts much in the same way as a species’ genome, as they are both products of and determining … Continue reading Choosing Who to Love: How the West Beat a Game Theory Trap While China Embraced It
I've always thought that the exclamation mark is the perfect symbol for factorials. This is true across many different vectors. It is a bit complicated to explain what I mean, because each of those vectors deserves a deep exploration. So you will have to bear with me. You will ask yourself, "what do those topics … Continue reading Melodrama and Factorials
This post was written by the same guest author as part 1. My previous post was the first of a two-part series, and I highly recommend that you read that one first before you read this one. In the first post, I laid out the rules and operations behind my model that illustrates how societies adopt … Continue reading When one side of history becomes the right side of history: an analysis
This was written by a a different author than usual; it is a contribution from the editor. It is the first of a two-part series. Part 2 Have you ever felt an inner sense of social momentum? In microcosm, this sense can be the feeling that a group project is moving inexplicably towards one direction … Continue reading When one side of history becomes the right side of history: a systemic model
Migration towards moderation: the most boring wins
Collective Action You are probably familiar with the prisoner’s dilemma. For those who don’t know, here’s a quick summation. The prisoner’s dilemma is the archetypical game theory situation. See the above example. If both players confess, both loose 6 points of utility. If neither confess, both loose one point of utility. But if one confesses, … Continue reading What is Social Capital?