A simple model of the dynamics of whhaaa?
March 25, 2011 3:58 PM Subscribe
Physicists, or someone who is familiar with physics or mathematical models, please help me interpret "a mathematical model of social group competition with application to the growth of religious non-affiliation"
. I have never heard of Sociophysics before today.
posted by ServSci to science & nature (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It came up in one of my news feeds as"Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says"
from the BBC... I have been trying to read this article all day but it's too foreign to me. I just need a non-mathemical description of what these people think
they are doing.
I can tell from the abstract & the brief bits of non-math in the paper that it is really not all that sophisticated from a social scientific perspective. I'm just curious about why these particular tools and models and being used. I have tried to understand it but I'm missing too much background. I'd like to have a little more understanding of this before I dismiss it.
I guess the distinction I'm looking for here is between bad science and pseudo-science. Is anything really being explained in a useful new way here? If so... can you translate it for me?
Thanks for taking the time.