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  1. Truth and Conformity on Networks.Aydin Mohseni & Cole Randall Williams - forthcoming - Erkenntnis.
    Typically, public discussions of questions of social import exhibit two im- portant properties: they are influenced by conformity bias, and the influence of conformity is expressed via social networks. We examine how social learning on net- works proceeds under the influence of conformity bias. In our model, heterogeneous agents express public opinions where those expressions are driven by the competing priorities of accuracy and of conformity to one’s peers. Agents learn, by Bayesian con- ditionalization, from private evidence from nature, and (...)
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  • Scientific Polarization.Cailin O’Connor & James Owen Weatherall - 2017 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 8 (3):855-875.
    Contemporary societies are often “polarized”, in the sense that sub-groups within these societies hold stably opposing beliefs, even when there is a fact of the matter. Extant models of polarization do not capture the idea that some beliefs are true and others false. Here we present a model, based on the network epistemology framework of Bala and Goyal, 784–811 1998), in which polarization emerges even though agents gather evidence about their beliefs, and true belief yields a pay-off advantage. As we (...)
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