The Selomachean Ethics asks “How much work should a man do in life?” Should a man bool, or go hard in the paint? That, I truly believe, is the ultimate question. Selonomics, then, is the science of maximizing social status given desired work effort, or energy expenditure.
Two brothers meet after 30 years…
Frank: Brate, bio je dugo! (It’s been a while, bro!)
We all die, and we all want things before we die. Some of us want to avoid things (like pain), and some or all people. But we have to use others to get those things. And others have to use us.
Often, trade is good. For some, effort is externality. In the end, you can be a player or you can be played.
I began my studies at the height of the Great Recession in 2008. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2012. Disillusioned with the mainstream New Keynesian macroeconomics they taught us there (it just didn’t quite smell right), I turned to agent-based modeling and Complexity science in my spare time.
In previous posts:
- Preliminary Steps Toward a Universal Dynamics for Intersexual Selection
- What Can a Computer Simulation Tell Us About Hypergamy?
I attempted to outline an answer to the question, “Why does it appear that the vast majority of women prefer the same small group of men?”
I’ve posted more than once now so I think it is time to introduce what drives my work here, and what will drive it going forward.
What is Selonomics? I rambled toward a tentative answer at this Medium post several months ago. Selo is the East European/Slavic term for village. Economics, from its Ancient Greek is literally the study of household management. As such, Selonomics is the study of village management.
In Preliminary Steps Toward a Universal Dynamics of Intersexual Selection, I outline in much detail a very “basic” model of Hypergamy. The model is basic insofar as it results in a simulation that is designed to capture the most salient quality of Hypergamy—inequality in rank-order preferences between men and women on the dating market—with as few explicit assumptions as possible. Note that I do not feel compelled to model actual sexual relationships at this stage, or to allow my agents to grow old, reproduce, and die. I just want to know how they would rank each other in an ideal world.
Could a change in the way we structure our social landscapes (via information networks) change the prevalence of Hypergamy in our society? How does Hypergamy affect intersexual selection?