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Social cognition

The perils and necessities of reasoning about people reasoning about people. See also Dunbar’s numbers, Pop psychology.

I hereby assert the inaccessibility of good models of society to you and me, and the increasing availability of such models to large data-mining organisations in the form of weaponised psephology, will increasingly squeeze out democratic agency, whatever that was supposed to be, and make society into the passive object of entrenched power, with everyone except the elites sealed in protective filter bubbles. Although vast global conspiracies have not existed in history, we have become the midwifes of the world which will enable them.

Anyway, let’s look at how we look at the world without that.