Science and the Press are broken. Somehow politics has crept in and distorted what they say and what they teach and what we are allowed to say. Thus public and private understanding of certain topics strongly and systematically deviates from the truth. We are very interested in correcting this misinformation for ourselves and our readers, and building institutional structures that can help correct them systematically and completely. For reference, the areas of misinformation or especial research interest that we've identified are these:
Anthropological Social Science. How do humans and groups of humans actually work, once we throw out ideological superstitions like the blank slate assumption, human neurological uniformity, etc?
Abstract Social Science. How does order and civilization originate from raw material? How do civilization, war, economics, evolution, game theory, and memetics work and affect how people and societies behave? How does it affect the overall story and fate of civilization?
Recent Political History. The last 200 years have been very interesting, and the official narrative is distorted, spun, and redacted to suit the victors. What really happened?
Washingtonology. The USG in Washington, DC more or less rules the world, but public information about its actual structures seem distorted. How exactly do its internal structures work? Who rules whom, who talks to whom, what are the power factions?
Progressology. For the past 500 years, society has been moving in a relatively consistent overall ideological direction characterized by subversion of traditional social structures, increased intrusiveness of the state, widening political franchise, increased transfer payments, and expanding moralism. What's going on here? How does "social progress" work and why?
Social Technology and Engineering. How should individuals, groups, and states actually organize and conduct themselves, to be as successful as possible?
Institutional epistemology. How do we build institutions which can reliably accrue knowledge without major blind spots or falsities? This is technically a subproblem of social tech engineering, but of special importance to us as a research group.
A good and independent understanding of these areas is important for anyone wishing to fix or work around the cultural and political problems of our civilization. The first step, of course, is realizing that there is a problem with the public information. We will try to demonstrate this more rigorously going forward, but will state it as an assumption for now. The current trajectory of society is based on the current flawed public understanding of these areas; if we can correct for this flawed understanding for ourselves and our communities and our institutions, then we can do better.
At this blog, we are interested in discovering and presenting the underreported truth in these areas. If you know of any interesting sources or insights that could improve our collective understanding, do let us know (firstname.lastname@example.org). In any case, stay tuned for what we find.