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

This was written for a pending grant application, to give an overview of the work we've been doing in the inexact sciences with the Pfeilstorch group. Sharing it to give a sense of what I've been up to and working on the past 12 months. Most of our publications have revolved around representation, communication, and… 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… Continue reading Letter to Tamler Sommers and David Pizarro