Noyce Conference Room
Scott Ortman (University of Colorado, Boulder; Santa Fe Institute External Professor) and Mike Smith (Arizona State University - Santa Fe Institute Center for Bio-Social Complex Systems)

This event is by invitation only.

Abstract.  The Social Reactors Project is an attempt to generalize ideas from urban scaling into a theory of human societies as complex systems.  In our view, such a theory should apply to the archaeological record just as readily as it applies to the modern world.  And as it turns out, the archaeological record is surprisingly good for testing and extending the theory.  In this presentation we summarize settlement scaling theory and its empirical support; discuss how it fits into the larger landscape of urban studies; and highlight cases where the theory, as currently developed, appears to apply.

Research Collaboration
SFI Host: 
José Lobo