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Social Entropy

15 novembre 2018 @ 10 h 30 min - 12 h 30 min CET




Jeudi 15 novembre 2018, 10h 30-12h30


salle 454 A, bâtiment Condorcet de Paris-Diderot, 4 rue Elsa Morante, 75013 Paris.


Social Entropy 

par Dan Seligson, 

Chercheur indépendant (Palo Alto) 


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  Abstract: The central quest of economic history is to explain why the haves have and the have-nots haven’t. Inspired by the work of Douglass North on institutions, their evolution, and their role as the constraints of economic performance, much contemporary scholarship reduces to a treatment of institutions as cause and of income as effect. The undue primacy given to institutions in a dynamical system which is inherently symmetrical and coevolutionary, has obscured the dominant feature of that system, its equilibrium, whose signature is the 1st principal component of the inequality-adjusted Human Development Index from the UN and the unweighted sum of all six Worldwide Governance Indicators from the World Bank. We call thismeasure of social, economic, and political disorder, the Social Entropy.

Le texte que Dan Seligson a rédigé avec Anne McCants, historienne et professeur au MIT est téléchargeable à l’adresse: 

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Notre Invité: Dan Seligson received his training in experimental physics at MIT and Berkeley (PhD ’83). In nearly 30 years as a technologist, manager, and investor in Silicon Valley, his primary interests have been semiconductor process technology and factory design, machine learning, and genomics-based molecular diagnostics. In 2015 his attention was drawn to connections between microscopic family structure and macroscopic social structure, and from there to the question, « Why do the haves have and the have-nots not? » From this work, a definition of Social Entropy, a measure of what the have-nots have in abundance, has emerged.He is the author of Moby Dx: A Novel of Silicon Valley (2014).




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15 novembre 2018
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10 h 30 min - 12 h 30 min
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