Social Computation, Complexity and the Constructive Necessity of Dissonance

Some reflections occurred to me while listening to this Santa Fe Institute podcast today: Rajiv Sethi on Stereotypes, Crime, and The Pursuit of Justice,

What of questions concerning the nature of social, psychological and cultural value systems when considered as a unified whole? While it is clear that the aggregate macrostate of any particular system under analysis is an emergent property of probabilistic drift across all inter and intra-system microstates, there are gestalt features of system self-propagation which are not sufficiently addressed at an individual, subjective layer of biases.

The ways in which the whole system and adaptive state space recursively shapes the menu of recombinatory choices available in any cognitive or cultural context, and the ways that these choices (and biases) reflexively shape that context, provides wiggle-room for an intuition that sociopsychological dissonance is a necessary function of global systemic self-propagation.

Social, psychological, cultural and cognitive systems autonomously cultivate that logical discontinuity and systemic self-resonance by which they might most efficiently self-propagate. That the actual inputs and outputs, not to mention the underlying logical processes of sociopsychological computation, may be other than those which are immediately apparent (or objectively ideal) is a necessary consequence of mature analysis.

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