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The Main Routine
Collecting ideas about human interdependence
I want to assemble a bunch of concepts that I think contribute important insights to the topic of human interdependence. Concepts such as the Dunbar Number, or Warriors and Worriers, or Cultural Intelligence. Each concept deserves its own essay, which I will get to. But the project also requires an overall guide or table of contents, which is this essay. I will constantly be adding to and re-editing this essay.
In terms of 1970s computer programming, an essay on an individual concept will be a subroutine. This is the main routine that calls the subroutines.
When you see a concept listed in italics, I have not yet written the subroutine. When I have at least a draft of the subroutine, it will be a link, without italics.
The ultimate end product will be like a book, consisting of substack essays that I will compose and refine as I go. The general topic will be human interdependence. Humans have many strategies, tactics, habits, institutions, and norms that facilitate cooperation and competition. Examples include Big Gods, Deception and Self-Deception, Gossip, Limited-Access Orders and Open-Access Orders, Communal Sharing/Equality Matching/Authority Ranking/Market Pricing, Specialization and Trade, and many more.
Essays done so far:
Government Does Not Stay Limited (officials want trust without accountability)
Social Learning Strategies (imitation is efficient)
Two Forms of Political Order (North, Weingast, and Wallis)
Dominance, Prestige, and Propriety obtaining coordination
Political Symbols and Misdirection (Murray Edelman)