Social Dynamics

Paperback | June 22, 2014

byBrian Skyrms

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Brian Skyrms presents eighteen essays which apply adaptive dynamics (of cultural evolution and individual learning) to social theory. Altruism, spite, fairness, trust, division of labor, and signaling are treated from this perspective. Correlation is seen to be of fundamental importance.Interactions with neighbors in space, on static networks, and on co-evolving dynamics networks are investigated. Spontaneous emergence of social structure and of signaling systems are examined in the context of learning dynamics.

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Brian Skyrms presents eighteen essays which apply adaptive dynamics (of cultural evolution and individual learning) to social theory. Altruism, spite, fairness, trust, division of labor, and signaling are treated from this perspective. Correlation is seen to be of fundamental importance.Interactions with neighbors in space, on static n...

Brian Skyrms is Distinguished Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science and Economics at the University of California, Irvine. His interests cover a range of topics, including the evolution of conventions, the social contract, inductive logic, decision theory, rational deliberation, the metaphysics of logical atomism, causality, and...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:June 22, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionPart I: Correlation and the Social ContractIntroduction to part I1. Evolution and the Social ContractPart II: Importance of DynamicsIntroduction to part II2. Trust, Risk, and the Social Contract3. with Jason Alexander: Bargaining with Neighbors: Is Justice Contagious?4. Stability and Explanatory Significance of Some Simple Evolutionary Models5. Dynamics of Conformist Bias6. Chaos and the Explanatory Significance of Equilibrium: Strange Attractors in Evolutionary Game Dynamics7. with Jorge Pacheco, Francisco Santos and Max Souza: Evolutionary Dynamics of Collective Action in N-person Stag Hunt Dilemmas8. with Peter Vanderschraaf: Learning to Take Turns9. with Kevin Zollman: Evolutionary Considerations in the Framing of Social NormsPart III: Dynamic NetworksIntroduction to part III10. with Robin Pemantle: Learning to Network11. with Robin Pemantle: A Dynamic Model of Social Network Formation12. with Robin Pemantle: Network Formation by Reinforcement Learning: The Long and the Medium Run13. with Robin Pemantle: Time to Absorption in Discounted Reinforcement ModelsPart IV: Dynamics of SignalsIntroduction to part IV14. with Raffaele Argiento, Robin Pemantle and Stanislav Volkov: Learning to Signal: Analysis of a Micro-Level Reinforcement Model15. with Jason McKenzie Alexander and Sandy L. Zabell: Inventing New Signals16. Signals, Evolution and the Explanatory Power of Transient Information17. with Francesco Santos and Jorge Pacheco: Co-Evolution of Pre-Play Signaling and Cooperation18. Evolution of Signaling Systems with Multiple Senders and ReceiversIndex