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Late Night Thoughts

[reposted from deadvoles.wordpress.com/] Social systems are dynamic, internally heterogeneous, and loosely coupled. Some may object to my use of the term ‘system’ and certainly the word has a lot of baggage. By calling something a system, I am merely drawing … Continue reading

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Situation Theory: getting started with the literature

A common problem facing those interested in learning about situation theory and situation semantics for the first time is knowing where to begin. The goal of this blog post is to save my readers as much time and effort as … Continue reading

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Situation Theory: a survey

Lee, Jacob. 2011. Situation Theory: a survey. Master’s Thesis, Fresno, California: California State University Fresno. Abstract Situation semantics was developed as an alternative to possible-worlds semantics. While possible-worlds semantics defines the informational content of sentences in terms of complete descriptions … Continue reading

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Sowa on Situations, in brief

John Sowa writes: Theories of semantics based on possible worlds cannot derive purpose or intention from collections of worlds, no matter how big, or from collections of situations, no matter how small. In their theory of situations, Barwise and Perry … Continue reading

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Introduction to Channel Theory

The channel theory of Jeremy Seligman and Jon Barwise [1] is intended to help us understand information flows of the following sort: a‘s being F carries the information that b is G. For example, we might want a general framework … Continue reading

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Some information flows in a Samoan fono

Idealized spatial organization of the fono The fono, politics and space A fono is a political meeting in the Western Somoan village. The fono is a spatially organized event: high ranking orators are seated in the front, low ranking orators … Continue reading

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Lattice Model of Information Flow

I am caught in a maelstrom of work and so I decide to play. I have an excellent textbook on discrete mathematics on my shelf from a course I took as a student a few years ago [1]. Its always … Continue reading

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Processes of Diffusion in Networks

Social diffusion processes, real and alleged, have been the focus of intense study for many years, reaching into the early days of anthropology. Because so many different things can be thought to diffuse or flow through a population– culture, ideas, … Continue reading

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News!

I am excited to announce that I am joining Carl Dyke, Asher Kay, and John McCreery as a blogger at Dead Voles! I will continue to post here as well. Right now I’m pretty busy with throwing together the pieces … Continue reading

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Objects in an alien physics

Many of you are no doubt familiar with cellular automata such as Conway’s Game of Life. In Conway’s Game of Life a world consists of an two dimensional array of cells. Each cell is in either of two states, live … Continue reading

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