October 2012 Archives

Towards a Science of Psychohistory

Computational Social Science lets you compute what a group of people will do given their various levels of motivations (self-interest, wanting to fit in, etc.) Correspondingly, given the outcome Computational Social Science can calculate the varied and sundry motivations that went into creating that outcome.

This is real, solid hard science, with variables and equations and everything -- science with mathematically verifiable results, not pages of dense, hard-to-read prose because we don't actually have the equations to express what we know about the subject in question.


About Mark Leighton Fisher

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