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Society as an Information-Processing System

Thursday, June 16, 2022, 12:30 PM until 1:30 PM

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Sally Daly
TASA Thursdays
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As an engineer and physicist, Erik’s view of society and its evolution may be somewhat different to what others are used to, but it is based on three easily understandable ideas: One, the evolution of society can be seen as the present stage of a general process of evolution, with certain characteristics present throughout. Two, all our actions are determined by the information available to us at the time of action, so that society can be viewed as a giant information-processing system. And three, the increasing interaction between individuals as society evolved led to an increasingly complex structure, in which the elements had to give up more and more of their individual freedom and sovereignty.