[Meta] An experiment, you’re invited…

On-line writing is less social than it used to be. I have long rants about why, and what that even means. Maybe I’ll blog them someday.

Anyway, until we remedy that (I think we should remedy that!), assholes like me will just have to cope. There’s Twitter, which is like the junk-food version of on-line intellectual sociability. I have to confess I draw most of my nourishment, and most of my poison, from there. But I am not happy about it.

In this moment when teleconferencing has replaced almost every other form of human sociability, I wondered, why not this too? So, on Thursday, I’ll host a Zoom “seminar” using the previous post, “Weakness is provocative“, as its launch pad. I’ll make a short presentation of the ideas in that post (I’ll try to keep it interesting even for those who’ve read it), then we’ll segue from a Q&A session and then to free-form chat. Of course, whatever people say about the best-laid plans would never apply to what I arrange, my plans are uncommonly shoddy. So, we’ll see!

The time will be 3pm EDT / 12pm PDT / 7pm UTC, this Thursday August 27th. If you’re interested, I’ll need your e-mail to send an invite. Please add a dummy comment to this post with a real e-mail (the e-mail you provide when you comment is not published), or DM me with your e-mail at @interfluidity on Twitter if you are interested in attending. I’ll send back a Zoom link / invite by Thursday morning.

Thanks, always, for reading!

Update: The slides I presented are available here.


27 Responses to “[Meta] An experiment, you’re invited…”

  1. Brad Green writes:

    Please send invite to
    Zoom chat!

  2. Norbert writes:

    Please send me an invite

  3. Jason Bucata writes:

    50% chance I’ll catch this one (if only because it’s during work hours) but I like the concept, would like to see other topics too.

  4. Lee writes:

    I’d like to!

  5. steve pilon writes:

    Count me in!

  6. Eli writes:

    Sounds cool to me.

  7. Andrew writes:

    Sounds like fun, hopefully I’ll have time.

  8. Steve writes:

    Would love to join in, please send an invite!

    Kind Regards,

  9. Brad DeLong writes:

    add me…

  10. Amir writes:

    Please send me an invite!

  11. ESDewey writes:

    Sounds interesting…please do send an invite.

  12. David writes:

    I’m on dad duty with a 13-month old so the two of us will (try to!) tune in.

  13. Joel Shames writes:

    Please email me the invite to your zoom on Thursday, 8/25. Thanks.

  14. Zach writes:

    Yee Haw! Sign me up.

  15. Tom writes:

    Awesome idea, send me an invite please!

  16. Matt writes:

    Please include me

  17. Cordy writes:

    Sounds intriguing! Please send me an invite.

  18. Jim writes:

    I will try to play hooky from work and tune in.

  19. TJH writes:

    Looking forward to joining.

  20. BD writes:

    great idea!

  21. Caroline writes:

    I’d like to join!

  22. Unanimous writes:

    Looks like it’s nearly all blokes that read your blog. Anyway it’d be 5am for me, so it’s apologies from me I’m afraid. Hope it goes well.

  23. Zach writes:

    Thanks for hosting Steve. It was a good starting point. I will be interested in similar events in the future.

  24. Robert writes:

    I missed this one, but would be interested in future versions if you have them!

  25. Andrey writes:

    sorry to miss it, great idea & hope it went well!

  26. Bolt writes:

    I missed this but I have great interest in the next one.

  27. Eric Schoenberg writes:

    Sorry I saw this too late but interested for the future.

    One comment about your post: I am a behavioral economist particularly interested in mechanisms for aggregating individual judgments (i.e. “wisdom of crowds”) and am a big fan of the paper by Colin Camerer and Ernst Fehr titled “When does ‘economic man’ dominate social behavior” which seems to me to connect to the issue you raise in “Wekness is provocative”: in a first past-the-post system, there are strong incentives for using complementary rather than substitution strategies. I’ve been thinking for a while that Facebook also faces this problem in spades. So if you haven’t read that piece, I encourage you to do so, and it might be a good basis for further discussion. But its your party!