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NOTES TOWARD A MATHEMATICAL THEORY OF CULTURE

  • Author(s): Ballonoff, Paul
  • et al.
Abstract

Over the last several decades, anthropology has created testable theory comparable to that found in other sciences. This paper summaries one view of that theory, the perspective of rule bound systems theory, or RBS. RBS theory turns out to imply that much of what has been taught and applied as “social statistics” for the least several decades, is based on the wrong combinatorial density function, which in turns helps explain why social forecasting is so often simply wrong. RBS however has made several tested correct forecasts, including in areas that have proven resistant to previous forecasting. RBS theory also has testable implications on broad scale questions of evolutionary biology.

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