Re: Nick Gessler's comment on dynamical systems

Harriet Whitehead (whitehea@WSUNIX.WSU.EDU)
Fri, 21 Apr 1995 08:37:07 -0700

A second maximum level 'second' to Nick Gessler's comments and thanks,
John, for an anthropological reference. When I advocate this line myself,
as I've been trying to do on this and other lists, I've been frustrated
by the lack of examples within our discipline. One little one that's
rather nice and that Nick is probably familiar with is

J. Stephen Lansing & James N. Kremer, "Emergent Properties of Balinese
Water Temple Networks: Coadapttion on a Rugged Fitness Landscape," in AA
95: (1) 97-114 (1993).

Harriet Whitehead
Anthropology WSU

On Fri, 21 Apr 1995, Dr. John D. OBrien wrote:

> Maximum level `second' to Nick Gessler's comments on looking beyond
> linear causal theories into interactive, dynamical systems. It may be
> a bit beyond most of our collegial wisdom . . . but I would strongly
> recommend that anyone who wants a theoretically sound introduction to
> the approach read Neil MacKinnon's 1995 "Symbolic Interaction as Affect
> Control" by SUNY press. It is everything an Anthropologist should have
> written a decade ago . . . that is, if we hadn't gotten sidetracked on
> political correctness and overspecialization.
> John O'Brien
> Youngstown, Ohio