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Social systems: complex adaptive loci of cognition

Recent working paper — Hayek even cited with some Austrians along with Edelman and Maturana and Varela. Cognitioncollective intentionalitycomplexitydistributed knowledgeDynamic systems theoryGerald Edelmanglobal brainHayekmaturanaNiklas LuhmannSimonsocial ontologySocially distributed cognitionthe sensory orderVarela

Complexity and social sciences

Another recent paper from Jack Birner. Complex systemscomplexitycomplexity studiesHayekjack birnermethodologyPhilosophy of sciencephilosophy of social sciencePredictionsrationalitySocial choicesocial connectionismsocial epistemologySocial forecastingsocial ontology

Can Government Be Self-Organized?

A new co-authored paper by the very versatile Tom Froese. The model is in agreement with the traditional assumption that collective action is faced by serious problems without centralized hierarchical control, but it also clearly shows that spontaneous cooperation is feasible without it. At least in principle, there is no necessity to assume the existence…

CFP: Cosmos + Taxis

The interdisciplinary journal Cosmos + Taxis is issuing a call for papers for its second conference on spontaneous orders, to be held at the Rochester Institute of Technology from May 8 to May 9, 2015. Both days will feature morning and afternoon sessions and informal lunches and dinners. The theme of the conference is “Spontaneous…

Science of Swarms

A survey of swarming, a sub-topic of complexity. No mention of stigmergy though. Collective intelligencecomplexitycraig reynoldsdistributed knowledgeiain couzinSpontaneous orderStigmergySwarm behaviour

Stigmergy in human practice: Coordination in construction work

Some excerpts from Lars’ paper. When the concept of stigmergy was first introduced in 1959 by the French entomologist Pierre-Paul Grassé (1959), an important step towards understanding the coordination of collective activities in social insects was made. Today, the concept of stigmergy is well established within the field of entomology (Theraulaz and Bonabeau, 1999). Turning…

Emergence in stigmergic and complex adaptive systems: A formal discrete event systems perspective

Some extracts from Saurabh Mittal’s paper. A natural system is not a monolithic system but a heterogeneous system made up of disparity and dissimilarity, devoid of any larger goal. The system just “is.” Examples of such systems include ant colonies, the biosphere, the brain, the immune system, the biological cell, businesses, communities, social systems, stock…