Evolution of Collective Computational Abilities of (Pre)Historic Societies - Agenda

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Monday, November 2
Chair Darcy Bird
9:00-9:15 AM David Wolpert Welcome, Intro & Purpose, Ground Rules
9:15 - 9:45 AM Tim Kohler Welcome + Background to this Project & Scale/Information Thresholds
9:45 - 10:20 AM Laura Ellyson The Application of Gregory A. Johnson's Concepts to Social Organization Thresholds in Holocene Social Evolution
10:20 - 11:00 AM Elizabeth Bradley A quick introduction to nonlinear time-series analysis
11:00 - 11:40 AM Break/Discussion
Chair Elizabeth Bradley
11:40 AM - 12:20 PM Michael E. Smith The diversity of types of civic buildings in premodern cities
12:20 - 1:00 PM David Wolpert Artifacts in Statistical Analyses of Longitudinal Datasets
1:00 -1:40 PM Stefani Crabtree The role of information flow in the management of networked human-environment interactions

Tuesday, November 3
Chair David Wolpert
9:00-9:40 AM Hajime Shimao Using data to discover invariants within sociopolitical system dynamics
9:40 - 10:20 AM David Carballo Computational Systems in Prehispanic Mesoamerican Writing and Polities.
10:20 - 11:00 AM Ian Morris Scale, information-processing, and complementarities in Old World Axial Age societies
11:00 - 11:40 AM Steven Wernke Explosive expansion, sociotechnical diversity, and fragile sovereignty in the domain of the Inka
11:40 AM - 12:00 PM Break/Discussion
Chair Tim Kohler
12:00 - 12:40 PM Miriam Stark Scale Thresholds in Asian Archaeological Perspective: Angkor and a Lower Mekong Basin Case Study
12:40 - 1:20 PM Juergen Jost The history of science as collective computation. The example of chemistry
1:20 - 2:00 PM Anna Frishman Learning the drift and diffusion from stochastic trajectories

Wednesday, November 4
Chair Michael E. Smith
9:00-9:40 AM Cameron Petrie and Adam Green Technologies of transaction in the Indus Civilisation
9:40 - 10:20 AM Johannes Mueller Knowledge Transfer in Tripolye societies - failed prehistoric cities
10:20 - 11:00 AM Marcus Hamilton Scaling population structure across levels of human sociopolitical complexity
11:00 - 11:40 AM Break/Discussion
Chair Hajime Shimao
11:40 AM - 12:20 PM Jin Hong Kuan Learning understandable social science patterns in social science time series
12:20 - 1:00 PM Gary Feinman Polities and Information: A Multiscalar Vantage on the Prehispanic Mesoamerican World
1:00 -1:40 PM James Evans The Social Computation of Innovation