The perils and necessities about 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.
- Everything is Obvious (once you know the answer) is Duncan Watts’ laundry list of examples of how all our intuitions about how society works are self-justifying guesses divorced from evidence, except for his, because Yahoo let him build his own experimental online social networks. Bastard. Don’t let my jealousy stop you from reading the book, which will indeed reassure you of what the title says in some surprising ways.
- A class divided is the documentary about the blue eyes/brown eyes experiment.
- Add some links about ethnic bias in perception etc.