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Self-organisation or Selfcreation? From Social Physics to Realist Dynamics

Snooks, Graeme Donald


The currently fashionable theory of self-organisation has its origins in statistical physics. Many believe that the underlying physics model, which is based on inanimate systems, can be employed to explain and predict the emergence of social structures, even of history itself. Some are even convinced that it will be possible to construct a social physics to displace the social sciences. The purpose of this article is to test those claims by reviewing some of the physical studies that have been...[Show more]

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Date published: 2007-03
Type: Working/Technical Paper


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