Surrogation, or why we can’t have nice things

X: Representation and its consequences have been a disaster for the human race.Y: True, but but anything before that probably couldn’t be called the human race.Twitter 1. I am nearly finished with a book-length treatment of the “surrogation” concept—that is, the substitution of a representation—be it a metonym, symbol, proxy, metric, or signal—for some represented…… Continue reading Surrogation, or why we can’t have nice things

Selection games

Originally posted at the Pfeilstor.ch forum. 1. Imagine that John is selecting among rocks to build a wall. There are certain criteria he uses to make his selection, criteria which involve the rock’s apparent shape, size, and kind. The rock has no perception of John’s selection, nor any interest in whether or not it is…… Continue reading Selection games

Is strategic interaction Machiavellian?

One objection I’ve come across in arguing for a strategic view of human interaction is that “humans aren’t so Machiavellian.” My understanding of this objection is that it is founded in phenomenology—a feeling from those objecting that their conscious experience is only occasionally marked by a scheming, instrumental attitude toward their fellow interactants. (There is…… Continue reading Is strategic interaction Machiavellian?

Epistemic Strategies pt. 1

This is the first of a two-part essay on strategic manipulations of other agents’ epistemic states. Part One lays the groundwork by tying together theories of metonyms, expression games, and signals vs. cues. Part Two will lay out the epistemic axes of legibility vs. illegibility, commitment vs. flexibility, and ignorance vs. knowingness, and the situations…… Continue reading Epistemic Strategies pt. 1

Pfeilstorch Progress: Games, Dialectic, Spirit

From my 2020 “Year In Review”: I launched a [Discord server with a] small community of friends, which has this year, 2021, evolved into an online forum. Our mascot is the pfeilstorch. We’re interested in the inexact sciences, and moreover, in the rigorizing pipeline that got us from natural philosophy to biology, or alchemy to…… Continue reading Pfeilstorch Progress: Games, Dialectic, Spirit

Letter to Tamler Sommers and David Pizarro

“In each part of the poem, the goddess of cancer orders the evolving entities to compete, but the goddess of everything else recasts it as a two-layer competition where cooperation of the internal layer helps win the competition on the external layer.” A Sextant Colder Honor culture isn’t dead, just mutated. Alternate titles: The Public-Private Information…… Continue reading Letter to Tamler Sommers and David Pizarro

Year In Review

Bla bla bla, 2020 was a big year for me. I started off doing philosophy of language and ended up at “strategic interaction.” For the uninitiated, think game theory meets microsociology, or check out a slide deck. Add a side plate of institutional theory, debt, and philosophy of science. Though our press, Not Nothing, was…… Continue reading Year In Review

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The surrogation matrix

The “thing in itself” (which is precisely what the pure truth, apart from any of its consequences, would be) is likewise something quite incomprehensible to the creator of language and something not in the least worth striving for. This creator only designates the relations of things to men, and for expressing these relations he lays…… Continue reading The surrogation matrix