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Principled Societies Project

Facilitating Societal Cognition

About Principled Societies Project

The mission of the Principled Societies Project (PSP) is to support science-based development and testing of new core societal systems (e.g., economic, financial, and governance systems) that are designed to demonstrably improve the common good.


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Principled Societies Project was founded in 2012 by John Boik. Dr. Boik received a BS in civil engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder; a master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Portland, Oregon; and a PhD in biomedical sciences from the University of Texas, Health Sciences Center, Houston, where he studied cancer biology. He completed postdoctoral work at Stanford University, in the Department of Statistics. He currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Active Inference Institute and is the author of Economic Direct Democracy and other books and papers. Interests include statistical modeling, AI and data science, Bayesian inference, regenerative/sustainable agriculture, and cognitive science.