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Tamas' open access article on Facebook relationship patterns The ability to create lasting, trust-based friendships makes it possible for humans to form large and coherent groups. The recent literature on the evolution of sociality and on the network dynamics of human societies suggests that large human groups have a layered structure generated by emotionally supported social relationships.

Roadmap, JRA4 ands JRA6 final reports/case studies out now!

The reports have all been put up on the website - 6 case studies for JRA4 and 12 for JRA6. Read, enjoy, comment.

JRA6 Workshop report: majority of student attendees, popular disciplines psychology, evolutionary biology, economics

26th Human Behavior & Evolution Society: 30 July 2014 Introduction & Context: Human sociality, an evolutionary phenomenon that broadly translates as positive social affiliation, has been taking new forms of manifestation since the rise of the Internet and related technologies. We text our romantic partners, like our friends’ posts on social networking sites, send electronic cards to our relatives, to name only a few of the many new ways we initiate and maintain our social bonds.

Digital Social Innovation workshop - 3 Feb 2014 - European Commission

On Monday 3 February, the European Commission hosted a full day policy workshop to discuss the Digital Social Innovation (DSI) project. The project aims to connect the many European initiatives in social innovation on the Internet or using digital means to collaborate. A lively debate during the day came to a close with some concrete policy recommendations and a discussion on next steps.

Scalable conferences and Internet science's role? Moshe Y. Vardi, Communications of the ACM, Vol. 57 No. 1, Page 5 "One of the main insights developed at the [Dagstuhl] workshop was the computing-research publishing ecosystem—both conferences and journals—has simply failed to scale up with the growth of the field. Consider the following numbers. Between 2002 and 2012, Ph.D.

Tracing Networks: Communicating Knowledge in Antiquity and the Digital Age

Our own Robin Dundar from @i_science spoke on the final panel: "In this conference, archaeologists and computer scientists present new approaches to understanding knowledge networks in the ancient world and present day. The analysis of networks is now recognized as an important tool for understanding social, economic and political relations as a means of communication in both past and present-day communities.

Gamification and teaching - Kevin Werbach

Kevin is the author of "Digital Tornado: The Internet and telecoms policy" (FCC, 1997), the groundbreaking study of how limited regulation helped the Internet develop. He now has taught 2 MOOC courses on gamification (Jnternet science affecting business strategy as well as society) and these slides explain how:

Noam Chomsky on Where Artificial Intelligence Went Wrong


As written today, the history of cognitive science is a story of the unequivocal triumph of an essentially Chomskyian approach over Skinner's behaviorist paradigm -- an achievement commonly referred to as the "cognitive revolution," though Chomsky himself rejects this term: