[Fis] Cultural Acceleration?

Pedro C. Marijuan pcmarijuan.iacs at aragon.es
Mon Jun 8 14:09:51 CEST 2020

Thanks Krassimir for your interest. This other link should work (free 
access for 50 days):


Below I have included two of the paper's Concluding Comments. Seemingly, 
very few authors have explored the limits of cognition. According to 
Booker (2004) and Yates (1988) it is one of the weakest points of our 
whole scientific system. Factically, how do we transcend the limits of 
our individual capabilities? What collective tricks --or surrogates-- 
have we developed?

/3. Cognitive limitation and forgetfulness underlie cultural 
dynamics./Maintenance, decay, and replacement of cultural items are 
necessarily linked to forgetfulness and to the limited cognitive 
capability of individuals. As intuited by J.L. Borges (1944), there 
cannot be an unlimited capability for individual memory. The term 
/cognit/, crafted by J. Fuster (2003), is proposed in order to visualize 
an order of magnitude for such individual capability. What could be the 
average global cognits maintained by an educated individual? What kinds 
of cognits are needed to navigate in a cultural niche, or to follow a 
particular way of life? How could this cognitive limitation relate to 
the evolution and renewal of cultures?

/5. A new, astonishing fact in the succession of generations. /With the 
industrial revolution, a threshold was crossed regarding the “adjacent 
possible” and an exponential course was ignited for the economy, 
creating a higher number of new material and mental structures that have 
continued multiplying on an exponential basis. Each passing generation 
has been able to substantially and systematically increase the whole 
contents of its material world, adding up an entire new world to the 
received one. But the sheer amount of new habits necessary for social 
life in industrial and postindustrial societies has forced individuals 
to generationally absorb an almost duplicate amount of cultural 
presences, of cognits, in their inner mental spaces.

Best wishes


El 04/06/2020 a las 23:55, Krassimir Markov escribió:
> Dear Pedro and Jaime,
> Thank you for the interesting links.
> Unfortunately, the paper "SOCIOTYPE AND CULTURAL EVOLUTION ...” is not 
> in open access and I could not read it.
> If it is possible to send me a copy I shall be very grateful.
> Friendly greetings
> Krassimir
> *From:* Pedro C. Marijuan <mailto:pcmarijuan.iacs at aragon.es>
> *Sent:* Thursday, June 04, 2020 12:33 PM
> *To:* 'fis' <mailto:fis at listas.unizar.es>
> *Subject:* [Fis] Cultural Acceleration?
> Dear FIS Friends,
> Jorge Navarro and me have just published a paper entitled "SOCIOTYPE 
> AND CULTURAL EVOLUTION : The acceleration of cultural change alongside 
> industrial revolutions"
> The link is this: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biosystems.2020.104170
> And the Abstract is below.
> It contains a series of hypothesis that can be useful for our 
> discussions. I will post some of them in next days. Also Howard Bloom 
> has published in the same Special Issue of BioSystems (Evolutionary 
> Dynamics of Social Systems) a very intriguing essay on "biopolitics", 
> about the bacterial roots of the new autocracies. More will follow...
> /*Abstract: *The present work explores, from the vantage point of the 
> sociotype, the dramatic acceleration of cultural change alongside the 
> successive industrial revolutions, particularly in the ongoing 
> information//era. //Developed within the 
> //genotype-phenotype-sociotype////conceptual triad, the 
> sociotype//means the average social environment that is adaptively 
> demanded by the “social brain” of each individual.//For there is a 
> regularity of social interaction, centered on social bonding and 
> talking time, which has been developed as an adaptive trait, 
> evolutionarily rooted, related to the substantial size increase of 
> human groups. A quantitative approach to the sociotype basic traits 
> shows fundamental competitive interrelationships taking place within 
> an overall “attention economy.” Approaching these figures via the 
> Planckian Distribution Equation, they can be connected with many other 
> competitive processes taking place in the biological, economic, and 
> cultural realms. Concerning culture, the cognitive limits of the 
> individual, which we consider commensurate with the sociotype general 
> limitations, impose by themselves a strict boundary on the cultural 
> items effectively handled by each individual, fostering the overall 
> competition and decay. Further, the emergence of differentiated 
> generations with ample discrepancy in styles of life, social 
> aspirations, and dominant technologies would represent a systematic 
> bias in the competition and replacement of cultural items. 
> Intriguingly, the cultural acceleration detected in modern societies 
> alongside the successive industrial revolutions, with an ostensible 
> climax in the ongoing fourth industrial revolution –the information 
> era– might be itself a paradoxical consequence of the sociotype’s 
> dynamic constancy./
> Best regards--Pedro
> -- 
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> Pedro C. Marijuán
> Grupo de Bioinformación / Bioinformation Group
> pcmarijuan.iacs at aragon.es
> http://sites.google.com/site/pedrocmarijuan/
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Pedro C. Marijuán
Grupo de Bioinformación / Bioinformation Group

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