[Sequence] Mindreading: Awakening To A Social World

Intentional Stance- Modeling Other Minds

Theory of Mind sequenc

Human beings are uniquely social animals. In this sequence, we explore the machines that make our social lives possible.

  1. Agency Detection introduces to life’s ability to recognize other life.
  2. Intentional Stance explains how we ascribe beliefs and desires to other beings.
  3. Lie Detection explores how humans imperfectly detect falsehood.
  4. Counterfactual Simulation shows how imagination allows us to (incompletely) distance our beliefs from those of others.

Together, these four mental faculties constitute theory of mind; they are the cranes which erect our social existence.

Social Psychology

  • Granite in Every Soul discusses how reputation management in relationships inform our notions of identity.

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