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"The 21st Century Question: Emergently Engineering the Future"

Follow this 🧵 today and tomorrow for highlights from our 2022 #AppliedComplexity Network and Board of Trustees Symposium:…

#Web3 #Cities #Polarization #EmergentEngineering #Decentralization
We start with a talk by SFI President David Krakauer:

"Would anyone care to guess why we're so GOOD at building transistors and so CRAP at designing drugs?"

"This thing [points to transistor] lives in a centralized system. This thing [points to cancer drug] lives in US."
"I'm going to pick on economics, because we like to do that at SFI. 'Ooh, look at that cover! So techy. Global, heat maps...' But here's 'Networks' [in the textbook]. THAT'S IT. Here's '#ComplexityEconomics.' NOTHING."
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No, no, no. The problem is not “the extremes of political parties” (plural!), it’s not “both sides,” it’s not #polarization.

The key problem is the rise of far-right extremism and the accelerating anti-democratic radicalization of the Republican Party. 1/
Zakaria concludes that in America, “democracy has actually become minority rule, and the minority rule holding power is unrepresentative, angry, and increasingly radical.” An apt description of what’s happening on the Right - only he means: on both sides! 2/
It’s a remarkable statement in a situation in which one party is fully committed to erecting minority rule against the will of the majority and there is absolutely no equivalent anywhere near the center of the Democratic Party or mainstream liberal / progressive thinking. 3/
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🎉Amazing news!🎉 Our team came in FIRST PLACE in lowering anti-democratic attitudes in a massive online experiment @Stanford, the✨✨Strengthening Democracy Challenge✨✨. We ALSO significantly reduced partisan animosity and support for political violence in the US. 👇🧵1/8.
Our team includes @GabeLenz, @_dval_, @hosinux, and @alex_pentland from @UCBerkeley, @MIT, @MediaLab, and @TorontoMet. It started in 2019 with the question: what kind of #polarization is most toxic for #democracy and how can it be remedied? 🧵2/8.
What is the Strengthening Democracy Challenge? This innovative project crowdsourced intervention designs from over 400 people in 17 countries for a massive online experiment (N>31,000). For more info, see this thread by @RobbWiller 🧵3/8.
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"Throughout world history, humanity reached progressive levels of unity starting from the family unit, village or tribe, nation state and is now approaching its long-destined, highest level of unity on this planet which is the unity of mankind." Ali Helmy…
Farm Robots Will Help Feed the World During Climate Change - Bloomberg…
#FarmRobots, #AgriculturalEquipment, #ClimateChange, #GlobalFoodSystem, #OpEd
The Magpie in the Mind: The Emerging Science of Thinking with the Whole World Beyond the Brain – The Marginalian…
#neuroscience, #imagination, #sensemaking, #ExtendedMind, #EndlessPossibilities
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Polarization, a🧵

30 years ago, the Internet was hailed as creating a globally connected community.

Yet today, we're seeing more attention to how social media are *increasing* polarization.

E.g. @elipariser @JonHaidt and others


@elipariser @JonHaidt What’s driving the increased online polarization?

Marshall van Alstyne explore how greater connectivity could great filter bubbles and amplify differences between groups in our 1996 and 2005 papers.

@elipariser @JonHaidt In theory, virtual communities let us connect with far more people and ideas.

In practice, our time, attention and mental processing capacity are still limited, so we must limit who we interact with.

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I have one more thought on “cancel culture” and “self-censorship”: In most elite institutions, the only political opinions that are guaranteed *not* to get you some pushback are those adhering to the established centrist tropes of “polarization,” “division,” and “lack of unity.”
The problem with the way the term “self-censorship” is currently deployed to suggest a pervasive “cancel culture” is twofold. First of all, it disregards the fact that some measure of modulating when and how we voice our opinions is just normal – and certainly needed.
Political opinions, opinions about people in our lives, even opinions about movies, sports, whatever: We all understand that we can’t always offer our unadulterated takes on anything and everything, to whoever, regardless of circumstance. That’s not how the social contract works.
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 01/15/2022…
Doomsday Glacier in Antarctica Could Collapse Soon: New Research - Rolling Stone…

#ThwaitesGlacierCollapse, #antartica, #IceShelf, #ClimateChange
America’s Divisions May Have Passed the Tipping Point…

#PartisanPolitics, #tribalism, #polarization, #TippingPoint, #CivilWar
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Wie geinteresseerd is in nasleep van #J6 kan dit rapport lezen. Daar steek je meer van op dan die oppervlakkige reportage van @MariekeNOS voor @Nieuwsuur…
Heb je Lorenzo Vidino, een toponderzoeker, te pakken en gebruik je slechts twee qootjes. In je reportage ook helemaal niets over aanpassing van inlichtingendiensten en pogingen tot invoering nieuwe wetgeving om 'binnenlands terrorisme' vijand nummer 1 te maken.
In de reportage ook helemaal niets over de FBI provocaties en infiltranten tijdens #J6. In de reportage ook helemaal niets over de voortgang van de #J6_Commission. De berechting van de meer dan 700 aangehouden personen kwam er ook bekaaid vanaf.
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Daily Bookmarks to GAVNet 12/15/2021…
Well-Structured German Study Shows No Deaths among Healthy German Kids Ages 5 to 11 ⋆ Brownstone Institute…

#MedicalStudy, #germany, #COVID19, #mortality, #children, #SchoolClosures
Fast superhighway through the Solar System discovered - Big Think…

#ArchesOfChaos, #SpaceTravel, #SolarSystem, ScientificDiscovery
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A distorting #polarization framework and the never-ending search for “both sides” equivalence produce seriously misleading political analysis.

Let’s dive into an especially egregious example: A PBS @NewsHour interview with sociologist James Davison Hunter. Brace yourselves. 1/
Right off the bat, JDH claims that the culture wars have turned into “class culture wars”: America split into two camps, a progressive elite vs the conservative middle and working classes. This, however, completely obscures the actual fault lines of the political conflict. 2/
This idea of “class culture wars” misrepresents the political coalitions on either side of the conflict. First of all, it ignores how enormously important a wealthy reactionary elite is in funding and defining the conservative political project. 3/
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Not polarization, but radicalization of the Right.

This critique by @JRubinBlogger is crucial. I am researching the history of the #polarization idea and how it rose to become a defining narrative of our time, and I’d like to add some thoughts.

A (long) thread: 1/
Only one party, @JRubinBlogger reminds us, tolerates violence, refuses compromise in any way, and is defined by white Christian nationalism; “Only one party conducts fake election audits, habitually relies on conspiracy theories and wants to limit access to the ballot.” 2/
As @JRubinBlogger outlines convincingly in the column, the polarization interpretation therefore tends to obscure more than it illuminates. And yet, so many politicians, journalists, and pundits keep talking about how polarization is the root of all evil that plagues America. 3/
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Important thread by @perrybaconjr. Too many people accept the idea that #polarization is the root of all evil that plagues America - when what we should really be doing is to reflect on the limits and pitfalls of using polarization as the governing paradigm of our time.
I’m writing a book about how Americans have tried to make sense of political, social, and cultural divisions since the 1960s, and how the idea of #polarization has come to occupy such a prominent place in the nation’s imaginary, how it has shaped the broader political discourse.
One particularly problematic element of the #polarization discourse is that it often comes with a pronounced nostalgia for “consensus” - ignoring that in many ways, polarization is the price U.S. society has had to pay for real progress towards multiracial, pluralistic democracy.
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The #polarization narrative is the gift that keeps on distorting and obscuring. Left and Center in the U.S. are well in line with the rest of the world; American Right is an outlier. This isn’t polarization, it’s radicalization of the Right.
Yes, the gap between Left and Right is bigger in the U.S. - but that’s almost entirely a function of the Right being more extreme than in other countries. And that’s not just true for COVID, but for pretty much all political, social, and cultural conflicts in America.
Calling that “polarization” is analytically inadequate - but it’s politically advantageous because it is guaranteed to garner a lot of support and approval from across the political spectrum, including from most of the mainstream media and the entire centrist punditry.
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Thread: On polarization, “consensus,” and multiracial democracy in American history.

I’m writing a book about the idea of “polarization” and how it has shaped recent American history. @JakeMGrumbach is making a crucial point here, and I’d like to add a few thoughts: 1/
First of all, @JakeMGrumbach is right: Political “consensus” was usually based on a bipartisan agreement to leave the discriminatory social order intact and deny marginalized groups equal representation and civil rights. A white male elite consensus was the historical norm. 2/
The frequently invoked “consensus” of the post-World War II era, for instance, was depending on both parties agreeing that white patriarchal rule would remain largely untouched. “Civility” was the modus operandi between elites who adhered to that order. 3/
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Think about how often gay marriage is described as a “polarizing” issue. Yes, the country was split in the middle on this question, about a decade ago; but this is not a story of #polarization - but one in which the majority of Americans is steadily coming around on major issues.
In many areas, the #polarization narrative obscures more than it illuminates. Take Americans’ changing views on LGBTQ rights, for example: Since the 1970s the percentage of people regarding homosexuality as an “acceptable lifestyle” has steadily increased.
The idea that gay Americans deserve civil rights protections at the work place reached near-consensus status long ago. So even in areas where substantive attitudes have shifted significantly, the public has not exactly been polarizing. #NotPolarization
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#PakistanArmy #COAS Gen Bajwa: #NationalSecurity in the age of #globalization, #information & #connectivity has now become an all-encompassing notion. Surely it is not solely a function of the #ArmedForces anymore.
#IslamabadDialogue #IslamabadSecurityDialogue
#PakistanArmy #COAS Gen Bajwa: #NationalSecurity also includes providing a conducive environment in which aspirations of human #security, national #progress & #development could be realized.
#IslamabadDialogue #IslamabadSecurityDialogue
#PakistanArmy #COAS Gen Bajwa: #NationalSecurity has now become an all-encompassing notion, wherein besides various elements of national power, #global & #regional environments also play a profound role.
#IslamabadDialogue #IslamabadSecurityDialogue
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New research into anti-immigration rhetoric, which I'll try to summarise in this THREAD.

It basically suggests that the emotive use of metaphor & hyperbole in anti-immigration rhetoric drives base support & INCREASES their likelihood of political action.…
Typical anti-immigration rhetoric used by right-wing populist nationalist parties presents immigrants as outsiders, who are framed as a threat to the populist nationalists idealized nation.
In their anti-immigration rhetoric, politicians typically use strong, vivid, & negative metaphors & hyperboles to frame their political statements.

There is agreement that, at least for parts of the electorate, such populist anti-immigration rhetoric can be highly persuasive.
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