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An inbvited talk at the Workshop on Coherence -Based Approaches to Decision-Making, Cognition and Communication, Berlin July 2016
Human cognition can be usefully understood as a primarily social set of abilities - its survival benefit is from our ability to social organise and hence inhabit a variety of niches. From this point of view any ability makes more sense when put into a social context. This includes our innate ability to judge candidate beliefs in terms of their coherency with our existing beliefs and goals. However studying cognition in its social context implies high complexity, for this reason I describe an agent-based model of coherency based belief within a dynamic network of individuals. Here beliefs might be copied (or discarded) by an individual based upon the change in coherence it causes with its other beliefs, but also that an individual will change their social connections based upon the the coherence of their beliefs with those they socially interact with.