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  •  Threshold models, Thomas Schelling, and Poli Sci (17+ / 0-)

    Two political science tidbits:

    1.  The 100th monkey thing sounds very similar to threshold models in collective action/social movements theory (in fact, I believe there is an article called "Threshold Models in Collective Action").  Basically, the model is that each person has a certain threshold for when they will start doing something, so you can end up with a domino affect where 1 person starts rioting and then another person does, and then soon everyone is.
    1.  On the Thomas Schelling game theory/complexity/cellular automata/agent-centered-theory side of things, the 100th monkey sounds very similar to ideas spreading across networks.  Schelling had a game in one of his works on how racial segregation is a natural (or organic) phenomenon by different people wanting 2 or 3 neighbors to be like them, so when one defects it causes a cascade.  Checkout the program NetLogo if you want to see the model in action.

    Also, as I write this I'm reminded of the PSi program that Lustick at UPenn developed for looking at identities across cellular automata and how different social entrepreneurs are able to spread ideas.

    Just some thoughts.

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