A Cog Sci Treatise for Principled Leadership in NDP Election Campaigns

“There it was again, that creepy smil 1. YouTube lecture Collapse of Complex Societies by Dr. Joseph Tainter (1.5 hours)e,” I cringed as I cheered on my leader in the first leaders’ debate of the 2015 federal election. Following the debate, as pundits discussed how his handlers were to blame, I lamented, others had the same reaction as myself. I first noticed that smile in Mulcair’s address at the NDP 2013 Policy Convention in Montreal. I was wrong to assume Team Mulcair would surely correct this smile before the 2015 election.

In the last weeks of the 2015 election campaign I was engrossed in the book, Social Physics by Alex Pentland. I began to despair. Interpreting the media coverage of the NDP through the conceptual lens offered by this book, I anticipated the electoral demise of the then official opposition. Social Physics puts forth a methodology for measuring and understanding collective intelligence. It introduced me to the framework of fast and slow thinking which better integrated my study of why people do not always vote in their best interest.

Like many concerned citizens from around th e world my reading of the available science is that we are rapidly approaching a singularity where we must choose as a global collective between a caring and sustainable global society and the collapse of civilization.[1] I see in the NDP principles coming from Tommy Douglas, a political path to a caring Canada. I wanted the NDP to shift from opposition to governing by leading the way to a Canada that cares for its constituents and the planet they live in. I contend Team Mulcair would have gotten better results if they paid more attention to the many modalities of fast thinking to take leadership and communicate NDP principles. This paper investigates how elements of human information processing, other than the process of slow thinking reason effected the outcome of the election.

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