Growing Artificial Societies

Growing Artificial Societies

Social Science From the Bottom up

eBook - 1996
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How do social structures and group behaviors arise from the interaction of individuals? Growing Artificial Societies approaches this question with cutting-edge computer simulation techniques. Fundamental collective behaviors such as group formation, cultural transmission, combat, and trade are seen to "emerge" from the interaction of individual agents following a few simple rules. In their program, named Sugarscape, Epstein and Axtell begin the development of a "bottom up" social science that is capturing the attention of researchers and commentators alike. The study is part of the 2050 Project, a joint venture of the Santa Fe Institute, the World Resources Institute, and the Brookings Institution. The project is an international effort to identify conditions for a sustainable global system in the next century and to design policies to help achieve such a system. Growing Artificial Societies is also available on CD-ROM, which includes about 50 animations that develop the scenarios described in the text. Copublished with the Brookings Institution.
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, ©1996.
ISBN: 9780262272360
0262272369
9780585033570
0585033579
0262050536
0262550253
0262550261
9780262050531
9780262550253
9780262550260
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xv, 208 pages) : color illustrations.
Additional Contributors: Axtell, Robert
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