Behavioral and Brain Sciences

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2009), 32:515-516 Cambridge University Press
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Ideology as cooperative affordance

Joseph Bulbuliaa1 and Richard Sosisa2

a1 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
a2 Department of Anthropology, U-2176, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT 06269-2176.
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McKay & Dennett (M&D) observe that beliefs need not be true in order to evolve. We connect this insight with Schelling's work on cooperative commitment to suggest that some beliefs – ideologies – are best approached as social goals. We explain why a social-interactive perspective is important to explaining the dynamics of belief formation and revision among situated partners.

The evolution of misbelief Ryan T. McKay and Daniel C. Dennett Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich, Zurich 8006, Switzerland; and Centre for Anthropology and Mind, University of Oxford, Oxford OX2 6PE, United Kingdom; The Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University, Medford, MA 02155-7059