Humboldt Fellowship to study the Philosophical Foundations of Collective Wisdom

Nov. 21, 2013

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This week I received a Humboldt Fellowship to study the philosophical foundations of collective wisdom at the Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy (MCMP) with Stephan Hartmann. This means I’ll be visiting the MCMP for about 6 months of every year for the next 3 years or so ––– always during the Winter of course, because, you know... SNOW!

Some of the issues that I’ll be working on as part of this 3-year project will include:

  1. Mathematical explanations of collective wisdom phenomena.
  2. Methods for eliciting, aggregating, and evaluating imprecise probabilities.
  3. Using Amazon’s Mechanical Turk to test empirical hypotheses that concern the psychology of human judgement and that relate to philosophical issues.
  4. Running agent-based simulations of prediction markets and deliberation groups.
  5. The concept of Wisdom.
  6. Applying all of this work to making real-life predictions of disease outbreaks on the International Biosecurity Intelligence System (IBIS), which is the fancier, newer and larger version of

So this should keep me somewhat busy ––– along with spending time at the University of Maryland every year, visiting the Australian National University in 2014, and working with the Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis.

If you’re interested in talking about any of these issues, feel free to contact me.

For now, I’m looking forward to spending a lot more time at this place: