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Andy, et al
This strikes me as (smart) surmise by Diamond
And not empirically grounded.
Has he searched HRAF for example?
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On Thu, 18 Mar 2004, Andy Smith wrote:
> Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 10:48:24 -0800
> From: Andy Smith <[log in to unmask]>
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: [SOCNET] fractals and threshold points
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> In his book _Guns, Germs, and Steel_, Jared Diamond writes about a similar
> subject, breaking down social complexity based on size of the group. His
> results extended to three tiers:
> Size: Dozens
> Basically bands, no fixed home, "Egalitarian" leadership, no real
> bureaucracy, no laws, unstratified culture.
> Size: Hundreds
> Tribes, a single home, "Egalitarian" or "Big Man," organized reesource
> extraction, still unstratified
> Size: Thousands
> Chiefdoms, many homes, castes and classes, cronyism and monarchs,
> bureacracy and laws, taxes, indentured labor, slavery, public
> architecture, luxuries for the elite.
> These examples, by the way, are taken from a presentation by Raph Koster
> concerning competitive and cooperative structures in online worlds,
> here (appears to be IE only):
> - Andy Smith
> Doug Fraiser wrote:
> >Fractal theory has brought out that in many natural systems, the
> >system's pattern of organization is constant over a certain range in
> >scale but changes at particular threshold points. Has anyone
> >experimented with the idea that patterns of social networks are likewise
> >constant over a certain range of scale (e.g., within groups ranging from
> >5 to 500 members) but change at particular threshold points (at
> >approximately 500 members, in the previous example)?
> >Doug Fraiser
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