This is an article I originally published on Medium. I thought it would be relevant to post it again here because I’ve recently been writing about related topics. Selonomics, at its core, is an attempt to understand the ethics of work, by asking “How much should I work? Can I get more by doing less? When is it really worth it to do more?”
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?