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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…

General theory of stigmergy: Modelling stigma semantics

New “review” paper in CSR. Artificial intelligenceComplex adaptive systemcomplexitycomputational intelligencedistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgeEmbodied cognitionEmergenceExtended MindExternalismmulti-agent modelingrationalismSelf-organizationsituated cognitionsocial epistemologySpontaneous orderstigmergic epistemologyStigmergySwarm behaviorSwarm intelligence

Cosmos & Taxis: Launch

Today marks the start of the Cosmos & Taxis conference to launch the associated journal. In attendance will be philosophers, economists, political scientists, sociologists, English profs, complexity theorists, computer scientists, urban geographers and more besides from North America, the Far East, Australasia, and Europe. Please consider submitting a paper, a review or discussion piece to…

Cosmos & Taxis

I want to bring your attention to a new journal that has just been launched. Complex adaptive systemComplex systemscomplexitycomplexity studiescosmos & taxisdistributed cognitiondistributed knowledgeEconomicsHayekphilosophy of economicsphilosophy of social sciencesocial epistemology

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…

Stigmergy in the Human Domain

Just published!  Cognitive Systems Research Vol. 21, March Stigmergic dimensions of online creative interaction Jimmy Secretan Stigmergy in human practice: Coordination in construction work Lars Rune Christensen Stigmergic self-organization and the improvisation of Ushahidi Janet Marsden Emergence in stigmergic and complex adaptive systems: A formal discrete event systems perspective Saurabh Mittal Cognitive stigmergy: A study…

Stigmergy 3.0

Any day now, the papers comprising volume 21, a special issue on stigmergy, should become available. In the meantime check out the papers in their “in press” status. Stigmergic dimensions of online creative interaction Jimmy Secretan Stigmergy in human practice: Coordination in construction work Lars Rune Christensen Stigmergic self-organization and the improvisation of Ushahidi Janet…