About Sociolution

Minding the Collective Cognitive Gap

Sociolution sets out to provide a framework to enhance our ability to think collectively, as a global community. We are increasingly incapable of establishing consensus on issues of societal importance. Globalisation has given the concept of herd mentality a whole new meaning. and collective biases are the hammers, screwdrivers and wrenches in our cognitive toolbox.

First and foremost, the collective cognitive gap creates a dissonance between what we feel to be right and how we act collectively.

Sociolution helps bridge the cognitive gap by...

  • Separating fact from opinion in a clear, documented and easily readable format.
  • Linking facts together and presenting the resulting chains of thought in a visual and intuitive format.
  • Raising individual awareness and understanding of cognitive biases and promoting collective thinking.
  • Providing a set of tools to enhance our ability to think both individually and as a collective unit.

Sociolution is a catalyst for solving big and complex problems by being constantly on the search for common ground on which new common ground can be established.

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Four Principal Challenges

Cognitive Shortcomings (Logical Fallacies)

Human cognitive capabilities are significantly constrained in their functioning. What we perceive as reality is largely an illusion constructed by our brains.

Cognitive Biases

Cognitive bias is an umbrella term that refers to the systematic ways in which the context and framing of information influence individuals’ judgment and decision-making. There are many kinds of cognitive biases that influence individuals differently, but their common characteristic is that—in step with human individuality—they lead to judgment and decision-making that deviates from rational objectivity.

A list of common cognitive biases that have a profound impact on the way we think and the conclusions we draw on a daily basis:

  • Confirmation Bias
  • Normalcy Bias
  • Herd Mentality
  • Narrative Fallacy
  • Framing Cognitive Bias
  • Overconfidence Bias
  • Self Serving Bias

Personal Agendas (Corruption)

Personal agendas such as greed and prestige fuel our cognitive biases and make us prone to corruption. Corruption, in its turn, renders official bodies, that do have authority and people’s trust, incapable of acting in the best interest of society. We are now so polarised that fundamental principles and values - that were instrumental in building our society - are under threat. Freedom of speech is under attack, and today’s modus operandus is to “shut down” the opposition as opposed to listening to, and reflecting on, what the other side has to say.

Inability to Reach Consensus on Important Issues

The growing tendency towards polarisation and politicisasion that we have seen the last 5 decades, along with the beforementioned factors, effectively deprive us of the ability to work together towards establishing consensus on issues of societal importance.

Our Thinking Is Flawed

  • Studies have shown that a relatively small set of cognitive biases or mental shortcuts can explain a lot about how false notions and flawed thinking take root.
  • We routinely use mental shortcuts to understand what is happening around us.
  • We tend to use quick and largely unconscious rules-of-thumb to determine what we should and shouldn’t believe, and these shortcuts quite often steer us in the wrong direction.
    • The Availability Heuristic
    • Emotional Reasoning.
    • Cognitive Bias – Confirmation Bias, in particular.
  • Prestige is a significant factor. Once we have expressed a strong view or opinion, we tend to defend it until the very end, even if in the face of compelling evidence or a renewed understanding of the issue at hand.
  • Herd mentality makes people blindly adopt the entire belief structure and set of principles of the side they choose to be on.