A taxonomy of group dynamics

Most things are made of some kind of group, your neighbourhood, your workplace, the UN. Yet there are many times when the behaviour of the group does not seem to conform to what we would expect. If we got a look at the members who made it up we may be surprised at what the outcome is. Why is this? Predominantly inspired by Schelling's Micromotives and Macrobehaviours I've tried to lay out some systems that can help shed light on this.

Why there might be no “end of history” in politics

Vitalik has a really good post about collusion where he writes "The instability of majority games under cooperative game theory, is arguably highly underrated as a simplified general mathematical model of why there may well be no "end of history" in politics and no system that proves fully satisfactory; I personally believe it's much more… Continue reading Why there might be no “end of history” in politics

re: Where are all the successful rationalists

I came across a blog post recently titled 'Where are all the successful rationalists' by a newish blog called Applied Divinity Studies. The post raises the point that given the focus 'rationalists' put on better thinking there don't seem to be many people who would call themselves 'rationalists' in high up positions. A few answers… Continue reading re: Where are all the successful rationalists

Mechanism design: non-technical considerations

Mechanism design is a broad and somewhat abstract part of Economics that one rarely hears about in day to day conversation. At its core it is about how the systems around us map preferences onto outcomes. Before one looks more into mechanism design it can seem like quite a fringe part of Economics, many of… Continue reading Mechanism design: non-technical considerations