Chaos and Society

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A. Albert
IOS Press, 1995 - 386 pages
This publication reflects on the discussion on using chaos theory for the study of society. It explores the interface between chaos theory and the social sciences. A broad variety of fields (including Sociology, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, Management, Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences) is represented in the book. The leading themes are: Conceptual and Methodological Issues, Social Connectionism and the Connectionist Mind, Social Institutions and Public Policy, and Social Simulations. The book includes the following topics: the relevance of the complexity-chaos paradigm for analyzing social systems, the usefulness of nonlinear dynamics for studying the formation and sustainability of social groups, the comparison between spontaneous social orders and spontaneous biological/natural orders, the building of Artificial Societies, and the contribution of the chaos paradigm to a better understanding and formulation of public policies.
 

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Contents

An Introduction by Alain Albert
1
Part Four Social Simulations
15
Coévolution Cascades dévénements et États critiques auto
63
How Useful is the Complexity Paradigm Without Quantifiable
83
Perspectives on Time and Society
101
Part Two Social Connectionism and thc Connectionist Mind
117
Rethinking the Anita
141
The Global Brain as a Modeling Paradigm for Crisis
165
Chaos et anarchie by Pierre Lemieux
211
The Role of Chaos and SelfOrganization in the Development
239
Chaos and Rethinking the Public Policy Process by Philip
253
Chaos Theory
267
A Method for Describing Interpreting
329
Etude de la Dynamique des Populations par Simulation
339
Part Two Social Connectionism and the Connectionist Mind contd
355
Complexity in the Attention System of the Cognitive
371

Part Three Social Institutions and Public Policy
191

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