Assimilation, Imitation and the Elementary Social Fact. Towards a Definition of Social Interactions

Luc-Laurent Salvador

A definition of the elusive notion of social is proposed within the framework of a cyclic conception of organisations. Social interactions, obeying logically the dynamics of interactions between organisational cycles will appear determined and defined by the assimilation process inherent to the functionning of circular reactions. Social interactions will then be seen as depending on the ability of the agents to recognize their conspecifics on the basis of a similiraty between their own behavior and those of the others. This theoretical analysis hopefully offers some opportunities for a better discernment of the priorities in the elaboration of an artificial social intelligence.

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