Innovation: A Culture Perspective


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Innovation: A Culture Perspective


Definition of Culture

Culture as Mental Phenomena

Culture as a System of Interconnected Concepts

Culture as a Constructed Reality

Invention versus Innovation

Invention versus Innovation

Innovation and Classical Mathematical Modeling: Problem of Self-Modification

Innovation as Process for Change in Structure

Simple Schema for a Wide Class of Models

Change1 in a Dynamic System: Change in State

Change2 in a Dynamic System: Change in Parameter Values

Change3 in a Dynamic System: Change in Structure

Invention, Innovation and Change

Explanatory Paradigms

Change1: Canonical Physical Explanatory Paradigm

External Invention and Internal Innovation : Biological Explanatory Paradigm

Self Modification Cultural Explanatory Paradigm

Change in Parameter Values: Boundary for Humanness

Constructed Reality = Parameter Value Units are Categories Human and Not Human Structure is Opposition of Categories

Innovation in American Marriage: Same Sex Marriage

Innovation in Cultural System: Same Sex Marriage

Marriage Proposal: Structure and Meaning

Marriage Vows: Structure and Meaning

Innovation 1: Economic Dependence Transformed into Economic Independence

Implication of Innovation 1: Marriage Proposal

Implication of Innovation 1: Marriage Vows

Innovation 2: Change Marriage Instantiation by Removing Sex Criterion for Proposal and Vows

Innovation 2: Marriage Proposal

Innovation 2: Marriage Vows


Innovation via Ideational Implementation of Material Optima: Netsilik Eskimo

Netsilik Eskimo

Material Ideational Domain Domain

Resources exploited

Interconnected Systems

Key Consequences of Netsilik Cultural Innovations

Netsilik Innovation and Market Innovation: Coherency and Stability

Innovation in Agent Relations: Primates to Hominids

Interagent Predictability

Primate Organization: Groups of Individuals

Chimpanzee Food Sharing: Banana Sharing at Gombe

Band society organization: Cooperation frequent

Meat Sharing: !Kung san (1 kill)

Two Modalities for Sharing: Cultural Concept of Ownership

Cooperative Behavior Payoff: Resources Variable in Time and Space

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Simple Society

Complex Society

Complex Society: Limitation on Socially Coherent Group Size

Deduced Relation Without Genetic Linkage

Coherency Through Constructed Relations

Learning Problem

Learning Problem: Innovation

Set of Relations: Coherence Through Time

Fitness Decay in Terms of Relation Set Coherence

Generative Set of Relations (Cultural Construct)

Set of Relations: Coherence Through Time

Fitness Decay in Terms of Relation Set Coherence

Ontological Uncertainty (Kinship Computations and Narrative Stories)

Kinship Identification and Calculation

Gao’s Calculation

Complexity of Genealogy compared to Simplification Achieved through a Kinship Terminology Structure

Symbolic Structure Algebraic Model

Multiple Instantiation of Same Structure

Cultural System

Conceptual System Connecting Phenomenological and Ideational Domains

Embedding and Instantiation

Story + Narrative Logic

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Evolutionary Model for Cultural Invention and Innovation

Author: Dwight Read


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