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Seeking a math whiz to test a proposed model

  1. Sep 3, 2009 #1
    I am looking for an individual who possesses strong math skills to work through a qualitative model I have been refining. The model is a theoretical standard model for human history. The model utilizes technology diffusion waves at its core and the effects of these technology cycles then serve to define economic ages (hunter gatherer, agricultural & industrial) or the effects on less significant factors. Further out in orbit of hierarchy is the effect on worldview and finally the effects of the technology cycles on decreasing rigidity for social structures. Very much along the lines of a gravitational model.

    Where I am currently in the model is in taking the 80 - 20 rule to it. By that I mean I am modeling hierarchically only the few major factors for leading edge economies. The model does not attempt to address the factors of trailing economies (or mixed industrial & agricultural economies etc). Even in standard physics model gravity has yet to be factored in with the quantum properties. Therefore where I would like quantitatively check the model is in taking a Newtonian approach. I think the refinements Einstein made in relativistic gravitational modeling is simply an impossibility at this early juncture, though I am hopeful that one day it may no longer be impossible to do so.

    Einstein was once quoted as saying that all arts, religion and science are all branches of the same tree. I believe he was correct. Even if the model does not explain the factors structure, I must confess that I believe ideas are always worthy of pursuit. As the proposed model requires an interdisciplinary approach please forgive me if I have posted in the wrong area of the forum. Thanks for your time, Leo
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  3. Sep 3, 2009 #2
    Why don't you put your model online somewhere so we can tell you why it is faulty?
  4. Sep 3, 2009 #3


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  5. Sep 3, 2009 #4

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    This could be a legit topic for our social sciences forum - with some work. (We already have a thread in progress there on how to model the decay of an idea, for example.) It really looks like an overwhelming thing to model, though. And honestly, if I were going to try to model something like this, I wouldn't go straight to physics, I'd look at what has been done in social sciences first. It's a little unnerving (to me) that you said you are looking for a "qualitative" model. I'm not sure what that means, but as a wise professor of mine once said, "if you can't express it computationally, you might not be saying anything meaningful."
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