By Joshua M. Epstein
Agent-based computational modeling is altering the face of social technology. In Generative Social technological know-how, Joshua Epstein argues that this robust, novel process allows the social sciences to fulfill a essentially new normal of rationalization, within which one "grows" the phenomenon of curiosity in a synthetic society of interacting brokers: heterogeneous, boundedly rational actors, represented as mathematical or software program items. After elaborating this concept of generative clarification in a couple of overarching foundational chapters, Epstein illustrates it with examples selected from such far-flung fields as archaeology, civil clash, the evolution of norms, epidemiology, retirement economics, spatial video games, and organizational model. In stylish bankruptcy preludes, he explains how those broadly assorted modeling stories help his sweeping case for generative explanation.
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