Emergent and Immergent Effects in Complex Social Systems

  title={Emergent and Immergent Effects in Complex Social Systems},
  author={Rosaria Conte and Giulia Andrighetto and Marco Campenn{\`i} and Mario Paolucci},
In this paper the notion of emergence in complex social systems is rediscussed as a necessary instrument for a theory of the macro-micro link. Referring to Schelling’s model of segregation, emergent effects are defined as effects generated by (inter)acting micro-social entities, and implemented upon, but not incorporated into, their rules. In the successive section, the way back from macro to micro, i.e. downward causation, is examined. Simple and complex loops are distinguished, with reference… CONTINUE READING
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