So my previous post on social status was recently treated to a review/critique by Scott Alexander over at Slate Star Codex.
I expect most of my readers are already big fans of Scott's blog (as am I). But for those of you who somehow aren't aware of it: SSC is phenomenal. It's one of the most or... (more)
"After this," says Morpheus to Neo in The Matrix, "there is no turning back."
Lately I've been thinking a lot about (what I'm going to call) swarms and hives— two different kinds of collective animal behavior.
Examples of swarms include: what gazelles do in herds, what fish do in schools, and what gnats do in those annoying mating balls every summer. Swarms lack central o... (more)