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The Physics of Friendship: by Lisa Zyga

Physics of Friendship
Credit: Marta Gonzalez

Applying a mathematical model to the social dynamics of people presents difficulties not involved with more physical – and perhaps more rational – applications. The many factors that influence an individual’s fate to meet an acquaintance and decide to become a friend are impossible to capture, but physicists have used techniques from physical systems to model social networks with near precision.

By modeling people’s interactions based on how particles bounce off each other in an enclosed area, physicists Marta Gonzalez, Pedro Lind and Hans Herrmann found that the characteristics of social networks emerge “in a very natural way.” In a study recently published in Physical Review Letters, the scientists compared their model to empirical data taken from a survey of more than 90,000 U.S. students regarding friendships, and found similarities indicating that this model may serve as a novel approach for understanding social networks.

“The idea behind our model, though simple, is different from the usual paradigmatic approaches,” Gonzalez told PhysOrg.com. “We consider a system of mobile agents (students), which at the beginning have no acquaintances; by moving in a continuous space they collide with each other, forming their friendships.”

After a collision, a particle moves in a different direction with an updated velocity, just as how an individual’s chance of meeting a new person depends on their most recent acquaintances.

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noah and his mom
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Toward an EXCEPTIONAL Simple Theory Of Everything :: Celestial Chiaroscuro
Introducing Social Cogeneration (& Cognitive Physics)
Letter to a Friend re: Scientific Censorship at the Cornell ArXiv Archives
From Pauli to Einstein to Penrose: A Physorg Letter to RPenner on the “Babelization” of Knowledge
From Darwin to Galileo: Physorg Notes On Observation and the Scientific Method

also see:
Evolving Points of Reference – Cognitive Physics (Part III: Selected Papers & Essays)


December 18, 2007 Posted by | 1, Physics, Science | Leave a comment

Universal Time and the Internet

Giamapalo Macorig
A Quiet Place in My Dreams, by Giampaolo Macorig (Italy)

The original posting to this “link” has been backdated to October 22, 2007, a bit like time travel of perception. See: Evolving Points of Reference – Cognitive Physics (Part IV: Conceptual Influences)

A couple points…

What jazz was to music, what digital technology was to still and moving images and sound, the blogosphere is to the human voice

The medium and message are now truly becoming one, meaning method and substance will become indistinguishable. The egg can come both before and after the chicken and the chicken can become a Javascripted rooster in the blink of an eye.

For inclusion in:
Life at the Speed of Phi: Falling into Sky
Aphorisms for the Information Age

December 14, 2007 Posted by | Physics, Science | Leave a comment

Toward an EXCEPTIONAL Simple Theory Of Everything :: Celestial Chiaroscuro

Ist Grade Day one
Sami Sheridan by Sean Sheridan

As such, in my view at least, the string theory community would do itself a service to embrace the possibility, not of the “miraculous” break through coming via the Standard Model alone, but via what Progressive Physicist David Bohm termed the implicate order (i.e. hidden or “enfolded”) that Lisi’s theory suggests.

In other words, it’s not this or that, but this and that because this is that. Not just the light and the dark — what artists might call the “positive and negative space” — but also the underlying order that threads them both together in celestial chiaroscuro.

Dear [Friend],

In relation to the issue of Intelligent Design, all the rage in the news these days, you mention that clinging to Aristotle is both Anti-Science and Anti-Evolution. I both agree and disagree. Certainly clinging to Aristotle is both Anti-Science and Anti-Evolution, in my view, anyway, but “Einstein on a Surfboard,” A. Garrett Lisi‘s recent Grand Unification theory “An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything,” bringing the poor orphan of Physics, Gravity, out of the cold and into the Standard Model fold with the other three fundamental forces of nature via the E8 Lie Group — which at least some blogs are referring to as “Ptolemy’s Revenge” — would seem to suggest that a dialectical synthesis of old and new together, the precision of the technological Modern Age with the wisdom of the Ancients, may just be possible in a non-partisan, creed-blind manner.

Whatever your personal view of the theory, it has certainly generated a fair amount of interest from such notable Physicists as Lee Smolin, Peter Woit, and John Baez, while string theorists such as Karlovy-Vary, Czech Republic-based Lubos Motl are apoplectic, already proclaiming the fiery apocalypse, not just of planet Earth, but of the entire Universe! (from Motl’s blog post: Telegraph: Cosmologists are killing the Universe on Motl’s blog “Reference Frame“).

I would suggest that what has in large part created the “ruckus” of late in the Physics community is that many believe Lisi’s theory may lead to the New Dark Ages, a reversion to the blind mysticism and ignorance of the Pre-Galileans, with attendant political consequences that could severely threaten separation of church and state, one of the most sacrosanct bedrocks of any free and pluralistic society.
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November 24, 2007 Posted by | Censorship, Non-Partisan Activism, Physics, Science, Storytelling, Theater | | 1 Comment

Evolving Points of Reference – Cognitive Physics (Part IV: Conceptual Influences)

Also see…

George Kingsley Zipf (Linguistics & Power Laws), Edward Witten (String Theory), Edward O. Wilson (Consilience, Social Complexity, Cognitive Blind Spots), Wikipedia (The Collective Wisdom of the Collective), Divakar Viswanath (Order in Chaos), Giambattista Vico (The First Principles Approach), Jan Vermeer (Diffusion of Light), Petr Tyc (Kinetics of Movement), Jan Tinbergen (A Gravity Model of Economics), Tom Stoppard (The “Implicate Order” in Life), Clay Shirky (Power Laws and Inequality), Sam Shepard (“Psycho-Geography” and “Lies of the Mind”), Matthew Salganik (Hidden Populations), William Shakespeare (Storytelling, Measure for Measure “Metrology” of the Psyche), Bernhard Riemann (The “Linear” Curve), Srinivasa Ramanujan (The “Implicate” Order in Mathematics), Pythagoras (Linear Equilibrium & Proportion), Claudius Ptolemaeus (Epicycles), Plato (Metonymy, Structure, Dialectic), Picasso (POV, Internal Fracture), Carlos Castro Perelman (Applied Number Theory), Leonardo da Pisa (Progression as Embedded Algorithm), Sir Roger Penrose (Penrose Tiling), Charles Peirce (Symbolic Logic), Ovid (Metamorphosis) H. Pierre Noyes (Bit String Physics), Don Norman (Emotion & Desgn), Friedrich Nietschze (The “Overman”), Jacob Nielsen (Usability), Fred Myers (Universal Time, Alternate Definitions of “Ownership”), Karl Marx (Systemic Clash and Dialectic), Benoit Mandelbrot (Complexity from Simplicity, Measure as Relative Construct), Anestis Logothetis (Visual Music), Mario Livio (The Golden Ratio), A. Garrett Lisi (Root Systems), Gottfried Wilhelm Liebniz (The Relative Zero), Bruno LaTour (Material/Semiotic Correspondences), R.D Laing (The Divided Self, Intelligent Interdependence), LIFE EXPERIENCE, Akira Kurosawa (Social Relativity and POV), Milan Kundera (Question as Action), Johannes Kepler (Elliptical Curves, Twin Loci), D.R. Kaprekar (Number System Cyclicality), Daniel Kahneman (Prospect Theory), Franz Kafka, Carl Jung (Syncretism, Archetypes, The “Quantum” Psyche), Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (Thesis, Antithesis, Synthesis), Vaclav Havel (Social Fusion by Diffusion), Gothamist.com Interviewees (The Zeitgeist), Malcolm Gladwell (Scale Free Networks, Intuition as Pre-Conscious Knowledge), Todd Gitlin (The “As if” Principle), Galileo Galilei (Relative Motion), Buckminster Fuller (Tensegrity), Sigmund Freud (Binary/Trinary Systems of the Psyche, Psychic Relativity, Free Association), Charles R. Frank, Jr. (The Indivisible Commodity, Cogeneration), Michel Foucault (Deconstructivism, Power as Dynamical System, Self-Censorship), Richard Feynman (Hieroglyphic Semiotic Deconstruction), Paul Erdos (Elegance in Simplicity), Albert Einstein (Relativity Theory, The Worldline), Ida Dupont (Participatory Action Research), Daniel Dennett (Dialectical Model of Consciousness through Time), Paul Dimaggio (Cultural Capital), Nicolaus Copernicus (The Copernican Principle), Auguste Comte (Sociology as the “Hardest” of all Sciences), Matthew Caws (Balancing the Human “Equation”), Joseph Campbell (Cross Cultural Mythological and Symbolic Syncretization and Synthesis), David Bohm (Material Interdependenc), Laszlo Barabasi (Mathematical Modeling of Social Networks), Aristotle (Categories), Archimedes (Heuristic Mathematical Approximation)

October 21, 2007 Posted by | Science, Sociology | 1 Comment


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