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Minding NormsMechanisms and dynamics of social order in agent societies$
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Rosaria Conte, Giulia Andrighetto, and Marco Campennl

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199812677

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812677.001.0001

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Agent-Based Social Simulation and Its Necessity for Understanding Socially Embedded Phenomena

Agent-Based Social Simulation and Its Necessity for Understanding Socially Embedded Phenomena

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(p.34) 3 Agent-Based Social Simulation and Its Necessity for Understanding Socially Embedded Phenomena
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Minding Norms
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Bruce Edmonds

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199812677.003.0003

In this chapter the methodological choice common to the contributions included in this volume is justified and discussed. Different approaches to cognitive modeling and social simulation are briefly reviewed, followed by a discussion of the reasons why modeling socio-cognitive phenomena is so hard, including: the Social Intelligence Hypothesis, Social Embedding, and the complexity of social Micro-Macro causation. Due to these fundamental difficulties, it is argued that, of all the approaches currently available, only agent-based simulation holds the prospect of adequately representing and understanding phenomena such as social norms. However, agent-based simulation is not without difficulties, so the balance between relevance and generality, as well as the twin processes of emergence and immergence in social simulation, are discussed.

Keywords:   agent-based simulation, cognitive modeling, social intelligence hypothesis, social embedding, micro-macro, generality, emergence, immergence

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