Simon DeDeo

Indiana University & Santa Fe Institute, USA

Simon DedeoSimon DeDeo is external faculty at the Santa Fe Institute and assistant professor at Indiana University in Complex Systems and in Cognitive Science, where he runs the Lab for Social Minds. The Lab conducts research aimed at understanding both the origins and the possible futures of human society.

Recent work ranges from the centuries-long timescales of linguistic evolution, decade-by-decade shifts in European culture, the month-by-month dynamics of cooperation in indigenous society, day-by-day renegotiation of implicit collusion in distributed economies, and the second-by-second emergence of social hierarchies in online systems such as Wikipedia and in the social animals.

These extensive empirical studies have been drawn together to produce synthetic, deep-time accounts of major transitions in political order, the information theoretics of social feedback, and the phenomenon of norm-bundling. The Lab also releases policy papers on both the promises and risks of augmented cognition.

The Lab draws on a wide network of collaborators in cognitive science, psychology, linguistics, anthropology, economics, the social and historical sciences, and animal behavior, as well as theorists in artificial intelligence and machine learning, both in the United States and abroad. Before joining Indiana University, Simon DeDeo was an Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute. He has been a visiting researcher at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Center for Theoretical Sciences, and in the department of Social and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon. Before Santa Fe, he was a Kavli Fellow at the University of Chicago. He received his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2006.

Plenary Address:  Major Transitions in Political Order   (DeDeo Plenary Abstract)

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