Most of the social systems we've modeled thus far evolve toward a stable equilibrium. Yet much of life is cyclical and never reaches a steady state. In this last modeling unit, we explore two models that allow for cyclical behavior: a spatial host-pathogen model and the metaethnic frontier model of empires.
This project was supported by Grant #61105 from the John Templeton Foundation to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (PIs: S. Gavrilets and P. J. Richerson) with assistance from the Center for the Dynamics of Social Complexity and the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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