Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing

Social Fuzziology

Study of Fuzziness of Social Complexity

Authors: Dimitrov, Vladimir, Hodge, Bob

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Fuzziology studies the fuzziness inherent in what we know about ourselves, the sources and nature of our experience, our thoughts and feelings, drives for understanding and urges to create and realise our potential. This kind of fuzziness is at the core of our existence, at the essence of our humanness. It affects any field of human activity, be it mathematical study of fuzzy equations and fuzzy integrals; engineering design and implementation of fuzzy logic-based methodologies; fuzzy control systems or fuzzy robots. Social fuzziology investigates the role of fuzziness in understanding the dynamic complexity of human existence in the social world. It is a study of the nexus between the complex demands of life -individual and social -and the fuzziness of thinking. Since human evolution over 2 billion years has seen the co-evolution of social complexity with human language and thought, it is likely that the fuzziness of language and thought is especially intimately formed by the demands of social complexity, just as social complexity is sustained by the inherent fuzziness of language and thought. Social fuzziology is not simply one field of application of fuzziology. Given the initial state of the development of fuzziology, social fuzziology needs to develop hand in hand with fuzziology, each helping to advance the other.

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"It is a book on postmodern philosophy which employs the terminology of soft computing and the theory of chaos as a metaphor and analogy. … The authors’ ambition is to start bridging the gap between sciences and humanities. … the ideas exposed in the book may enrich the reader’s thought … . Some parts of the book may certainly be found interesting, and the book may even help some people in the development of their own worldview … ." (Libor Behounek, Neural Network World, Vol. 14 (2), 2004)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • Introduction to Social Fuzziology

    Dimitrov, Vladimir (et al.)

    Pages 1-45

  • Bridging the Study of Complexity with Social Fuzziology

    Dimitrov, Vladimir (et al.)

    Pages 47-75

  • Understanding Fuzziness of Ourselves

    Dimitrov, Vladimir (et al.)

    Pages 77-98

  • Understanding Fuzziness of Society

    Dimitrov, Vladimir (et al.)

    Pages 99-130

  • Case Studies: Understanding Fuzzy Social Categories

    Dimitrov, Vladimir (et al.)

    Pages 131-142

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Fuzziology
Book Subtitle
Study of Fuzziness of Social Complexity
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Fuzziness and Soft Computing
Series Volume
107
Copyright
2002
Publisher
Physica-Verlag Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-7908-1778-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-7908-1778-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-7908-1506-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-662-00309-1
Series ISSN
1434-9922
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 188
Topics