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Rainer Hegselmann: Epistemic Networking

 Costs and benefits, winners and losers


Some non-scientists may dislike contacts with the 'damned intellectuals' while others try to get closer to them. Some scientists may be enlighteners trying to spread the truth especially among non-scientists etc. etc.
How does this sort of epistemic networking affect societal truth approximation? The talk will present a simulator called ENSIM, the Epistemic Networking SIMulator. The simulator is based on an opinion formation and truth-seeking model, the socalled bounded confidence model. It was developed by Ulrich Krause and me some years ago. The new simulator allows to analyse all sorts of epistemic networking under the perspective of how truth conducive or truth detrimental certain networking strategies are.

Rainer Hegselmann & Ulrich Krause, Opinion Dynamics and Bounded Confidence – Models, Analysis, and Simulation: Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation vol. 5, no. 3 (2002),
Rainer Hegselmann & Ulrich Krause, Truth and Cognitive Division of Labor – First Steps Towards a Computer Aided Social Epistemology: Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation vol. 9, no. 3 (2006),

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