- Sep 2023
The Topic Concentration chart above lends the clearest picture into the implied rationale behind the bans. Namely, the bans are not and have not been about the physical removal of a book from a shelf. The bans instead are meant to: Virtue signal by people in positions of institutional power to voting-age parents interested in school choice, parental rights, and wedge social issues to the detriment of non-voting age students Reject and exclude topics that challenge a perceived status quo from the public discourse (e.g. non-heteronormativity, non-cis identity, non-traditional gender roles, and non-Judeo-Christian books are targeted)
you mentioned the idea of like beginner mind and you have a quote from Suzuki about 01:03:40 the in The Beginner's mind there's many possibilities and experts mine there are a few
- for: Buddhism, bio-Buddhism, Daisetz Suzuki, Suzuki, beginner's mind, foolbodied, wisdom signaling
- this was a surprising adjacency to discover Levin connecting Daisetz Suzuki's concept of Beginner's mind to his research. It demonstrates a broad perspective of research
- adjacency between
- Suzuki's Beginner's mind
- wisdom signaling
- adjacency statement
- I just finished annotating Gyuri's referall to Wisdom commons article in which the author introduced the notion of foolhood and wisdom signaling
- These are saying the same thing as Suzuki's concept of beginner's mind
It is wiser to become less foolish instead of more wise, which avoids “wisdom signaling.”
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- definition: foolbodied
- to be aware of how ignorant (foolish) one is in an embodied way
definition: wisdom signaling
- the act of talking about wisdom that conveys a sense of epistemic authority or that may sound wise regardless of the actual presence of wisdom
- this subtle shift is actually quite important
- the centrality of our ignorance, in contrast to the focus on our wisdom is a natural antidote to reifying ego
- Wisdom signaling appears to be a movement towards the direction of reifying ego and self-righteousness
- Many of the greatest minds (and hearts) of humanity talk genuinely about how ignorant they are about reality because of the paradox that
- the more you know, the greater your discovery of how much you don't know, and therefore the awareness of how expansive our ignorance is
- in this sense, the continual reminder and awareness of the enormity of one's ignorance creates authentic sense of humbleness, not a contrived one
- Jun 2023
- Feb 2023
Rhetoric of encomium
How do institutions form around notions of merit?
Me: what about blurbs as evidence of implied social networks? Who blurbs whom? How are these invitations sent/received and by whom?
diachronic: how blurbs evolve over time
Signals, can blurbs predict: - the field of the work - gender - other
Emergence or decrease of signals with respect to time
Imitation of styles and choices. - how does this happen? contagion - I'm reminded of George Mathew Dutcher admonition:
Imitation to be avoided. Avoid the mannerisms and personal peculiarities of method or style of well-known writers, such as Carlyle or Macaulay. (see: https://hypothes.is/a/ROR3VCDEEe2sZNOy4rwRgQ )
Systematic studies of related words within corpora. (this idea should have a clever name) word2vec, word correlations, information theory
How does praise work?
metaphors within blurbs (eg: light, scintillating, brilliant, new lens, etc.)
Kawakatsu et al. (1) make an important ad-vance in the quest for this kind of understanding, pro-viding a general model for how subtle differences inindividual-level decision-making can lead to hard-to-miss consequences for society as a whole.Their work (1) reveals two distinct regimes—oneegalitarian, one hierarchical—that emerge fromshifts in individual-level judgment. These lead to sta-tistical methods that researchers can use to reverseengineer observed hierarchies, and understand howsignaling systems work when prestige and power arein play.
M. Kawakatsu, P. S. Chodrow, N. Eikmeier, D. B. Larremore, Emergence of hierarchy in networked endorsement dynamics. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 118, e2015188118 (2021)
This may be of interest to Jerry Michalski et al.
- Oct 2022
- May 2022
The president’s transactions are not public, and BuzzFeed News is not identifying the usernames for the accounts mentioned in this story due to national security concerns.
But hey China! If you care, it's just a few hours of work you could do yourself!
This sort of virtue signalling is abominable unless they told the Secret Service and had the offending data removed from Venmo prior to publishing.
Here's a link to the penultimate draft (not for citation): https://www.academia.edu/46814693/The_Signaling_Function_of_Sharing_Fake_Stories
This broad thesis sounds to me like something I've read before, perhaps in George Lakoff about people signaling group membership or perhaps people with respect to their voting tendencies. The question isn't who should I vote for specifically, but who would someone like me (ie. who would my group, my tribe) vote for?
This sort of phenomena is likely easier to see/show in sports fans who will tell blatant untruths or delude themselves about the teams of which they are fans.The team winning at all costs will cause them to put on blinders.
A particular recent example of something like this with relation to what might otherwise be a logical business decision is seen in incoming Amazon CEO Andy Jassy nixing the idea of building in Philadelphia due to his own NFL fandom https://www.phillyvoice.com/amazon-hq2-philly-eagles-giants-rivalry-andy-jassy-jeff-bezos-amazon-unbound/
Why would someone make a potential multi-million dollar decision over their sports preference?
- Nov 2021
Kumar, A., Chowdhary, S., Capraro, V., & Perc, M. (2021). Evolution of honesty in higher-order social networks. Physical Review E, 104(5), 054308. https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevE.104.054308
- group interaction
- behavioral science
- social network
- pairwise interaction
- Mar 2021
Social Signaling and Childhood Immunization: A Field Experiment in Sierra Leone. (2018, December 10). Innovations for Poverty Action. https://www.poverty-action.org/publication/social-signaling-and-childhood-immunization-field-experiment-sierra-leone
- Nov 2020
This is an important mechanism that cells can respond to their environment and extracellular cues. Cells sense their environment and modify genes, mRNA splicing, protein expression and protein modifying to respond to these cues.
- Sep 2020
This episode represents a pattern in the letters, wherein it is white students who are “woker” than their Black classmates, neatly demonstrating the degree to which this new religion is more about virtue signaling than social justice.
When I hear stories like these, I definitely think about the broader social injustices we're ignoring in lieu of the virtue signaling. Surely language is a place to start and it certainly matters, but aren't there far worse systematic injustices that we could more directly focus on? In the Pareto principled view, the virtue signaling is part of the 80% we should ignore while we focus on the more important 20% issues.
- Aug 2020
Johnson, Samuel Gregory Blane. ‘Dimensions of Altruism: Do Evaluations of Prosocial Behavior Track Social Good or Personal Sacrifice?’ Preprint. PsyArXiv, 22 August 2020. https://doi.org/10.31234/osf.io/r85jv.
- prosocial behaviour
- charitable activities
- reputational judgements
- prosocial actors
- personal sacrifice
- social benefits
- personal cost
- moral character
- social good
- costly signaling
- Feb 2020
Signaling, which is also known as cueing (deKoning et al., 2009), is the use of on-screen text or symbols to highlight important information. For example, signaling may be provided by the appearance of two or three key words (Mayer and John-son, 2008; Ibrahim et al., 2012), a change in color or contrast (deKoning et al., 2009), or a symbol that draws attention to a region of a screen (e.g., an arrow; deKoning et al., 2009).
Signaling definition + examples