Monthly Archives: March 2019

Teaching to emerge: Toward a bottom-up pedagogy

This paper focuses on the conceptual model of an academic course inspired by complexity theory. In the proposed conceptual model, the aim of teaching is to form a learning organization: a knowledge community with emergent properties that cannot be reduced … Continue reading

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Knowing whom to learn from: individual differences in metacognition and weighting of social information

Social learning enables us to acquire skills and knowledge more efficiently, provided that we learn from the right others. However, little is known about the cognitive factors that determine who we decide to learn from and how much we benefit from such … Continue reading

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Social Entrepreneurship: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications

Businesses are looking for methods to incorporate social entrepreneurship in order to generate a positive return to society. Social enterprises have the ability to improve societies through altruistic work to create sustainable work environments for future entrepreneurs and their communities. … Continue reading

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Assessing Complexity of Urban Spatial Networks

In the present chapter, we discuss the graph representations of urban spatial patterns (maps) and suggest a computationally feasible technique for understanding urban forms based on scale-dependent random walks that can be used in order to spot the relatively isolated … Continue reading

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Emergence of Complexity in Urban Morphology

We analyze the building distribution data of Seoul City and build a model to understand urban morphology. Performing coarse-graining of the data and employing a lattice description, we find that the urbanized area forms a fractal in the proper range … Continue reading

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The Psychopathology of American Capitalism

This book synthesizes psychoanalytic and Marxist techniques in order to illuminate the resistance to a socialization of the American economy, the protectionist discourses of anomalous American capitalism, and the suppression of the capitalist welfare state. After the Second World War, … Continue reading

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Marx, Freud, and Capital

The major contributions to Marxist psychoanalysis tend to lack a concrete political platform and offer instead nebulous prescriptions for a change in attitude as a substitute for a change in the economy. In doing so, they often inadvertently reinstate the … Continue reading

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Emancipatory Politics and Social Transformation

This chapter explores the idea that social transformation is actually a deeply healing process. Smith begins by building on past chapters, laying out a theory of the interactive nature of suffering. Drawing once again on a cross-disciplinary framework, Smith shows … Continue reading

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The Individual in Capitalistic Society

This chapter explores a fundamental alternative philosophy of the subject. Drawing inspiration from Adorno’s critical theory and from Fromm’s social psychology, Smith offers a contemporary, cross-disciplinary study of the subject, including the individual’s relation with society and social development. What … Continue reading

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Conceptualising Violence as a Problem of Epistemology

This chapter presents the idea that the underlying cause of violence is a specific type of epistemology which the author terms ‘violent epistemology’. The chapter presents a detailed a conceptual framework for understanding the specific cognitive mechanisms comprising violent epistemology, … Continue reading

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