"Technocracy versus Democracy" looks like a great book, though ancient (1981). Written by professors and well reviewed according to amazon. Focuses on international airport planning by experts vs. community responses.
-psychosocial decision theory
-microsocial decision theory
-microsocial decision engineering
-computational microsocial decision theory
-mathematical microsocial decision theory
-quantitative microsocial decision theory
-qualitative microsocial decision theory
Organizations, societies, and macrosocial entities are coordinations (coordination game theory) of subcomponent units, such as individual psychosocial agents.
As a note, I link to future pundit in my blog roll, rather than the folks that link to me or that I cite most for my own psychopaternalist reasons. I feel I should be reading him, though it feels like medicine, rather than TGGP, who more often feels like porn.
I'm developing a huge fascination with posturing, as it deals with social epistemology and Goffman type analysis of social dynamics.
I'm going to try to find the experts on this and ongoing research in this area.
Also, I note that typepad has improved its idea capture technology, making it easier to post. Enhancing idea-capture technology has been an interest of mine for a while, though I haven't blogged about it recently.
2. Steve Sailer writes recently about Professor Pinker's apparently excellent criticism of Gladwell, the best take down of a non-expert by an expert I've observed since Finkelstein's critique of Dershowitz.
3. It occurs that most agents actively seeking immortality are at the level of living in the medium of aggregations of human beings, rather than individual humans such as me. I think this is a huge short term challenge for me, because to such agents I represent a replaceable element of the medium -their motivation is not for immortality technology at the individual human level. They are constituents for Bostrom's technologies, but not for de Gray's.
Rating of this post for maximizing my persistence odds: 9.8.