Predictable Identities: A Ribbonfarm Blogchain

I’m excited to announce Predictable Identities, a weekly blogchain I am writing for Ribbonfarm. The links to the posts in the chain will go here:

Predictable Identities 1 – Our brains are constantly trying to predict incoming signals, like the words you’ll encounter in this post.

Predictable Identities 2 – We predict the world to act on the world, and the most important component of the world to act on are people.

Predictable Identities 3 – If everything is game theory, what’s the optimal strategy?

Predictable Identities 4 – We did not evolve to predict faraway strangers. Thankfully, we’ve got stereotypes to help with that.

Q: What’s a blogchain?

A: A series of small posts (300 words each) that should cohere into a long-form exploration of a topic.

Q: What’s the topic of “Predictable Identities”?

A: Looking at all inter-human and intra-human relationships through the lens of predictive processing.

Q:  Isn’t this stretching the model of predictive processing a bit too far?

A: That never bothered me before.

Q: Why is this on Ribbonfarm?

Because Venkatesh is the one who came up with the idea for blogchains, and he graciously invited me and a few others to post our blogchains to Ribbonfarm. Check the rest of them out too!

Q: When will each post go up? And how many will there be?

Each Wednesday at 2 pm EST, and at least 34 (for a total of 10,000 words). If I can help it. Which I probably can.

Q: Will you keep writing on Putanumonit?

A: Of course, but with this new writing commitment and an upcoming travel schedule I will inevitable write a bit less.

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