Systems Science Friday Noon Seminar Series

Do. Or Do Not.* An Introduction to Urnomics


Christian Echt



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Why do things do stuff ?
With at least as much high-falootin’ technical jargon as the previous sentence, this presentation will ruminate on preferences and agency. While there is considerable merit to the existing game-and-decision-theoretic examinations of strategies and outcomes, there are also considerable shortcomings. For one, it is usually the case that, by the time game or decision theory approaches are being applied, some sort of action by the agents involved is being presumed by the model. For another, while such approaches are capable of dynamic analysis, their structures tend towards neglecting the persistence of agents and environments before and after the modelled interaction. Using concepts from philosophy, political science, sociology, economics, operations, physics, and across the systems sciences, urnomics attempts to address these shortcomings. After a hurried explanation of the synthesis of the most relevant components from these disciplines, the presentation will (time permitting) attempt to apply an urnomic analysis to some deliberately simplified scenarios.

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Christan Echt reluctantly works in a grocery store. Once upon a time, however, he was a PhD student in Systems Science at Harder House, where he also had the occasion to teach "Game Theory" and "Networks and Society" for the program. Insofar as he has a research agenda, it includes mathematical/systems approaches to induce cooperation and engender outcomes to which relevant agents would accede uncoerced. As a guideline, he himself most prefers to spend time with his potbellied pig, Beef.


Decision theory, Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge, Interdisciplinary research -- Applications to systems theory


Systems Engineering

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Do. Or Do Not.* An Introduction to Urnomics