RC51 is the research committee on sociocybernetics of the International Sociological Association.

We aim to promote the development of sociocybernetic theory and research within the social sciences. Sociocybernetics is broadly defined here as applications within the social sciences of first- and second-order cybernetics, general systems theory and the various combinations and variations of these that can be subsumed under the term “the emerging sciences of complexity”.

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Journal of Sociocybernetics Vol 13 (1)

Featuring three original scientific papers (and a new layout), a new issue of the Journal of Sociocybernetics is not out. The journal is licensed under creative commons and it’s open access.

Feel free to download and read the papers:

Minds in Chains: A Sociocybernetic Analysis of the Abrahamic Faiths PDF
Bernard CE Scott
Rolando García’s “Complex Systems Theory” and its relevance to sociocybernetics PDF
Gaston Becerra, José Antonio Amozurrutia
Changing Social Focussing in the Development of Jazz Music PDF
James Hay, J David Flynn

Volume 13 (2), with the first chunk of the proceedings from Zaragoza conference, is also ready. Expect it to be out in the news few weeks.

Newsletter Issue 30

Our newsletter editor Juan Carlos Barrón
Pastor has made available the latest issue of our beloved RC51 Newsletter. Download it here.

And the Walter Buckley Memorial Award goes to…

As every year, a committee of RC51 members carefully followed all the presentation delivered during the annual international conference and picked the most effective one.

Congratulation to the winners of the Walter Buckley Memorial Award 2015 (13th Conference of Sociocybernetics): Blanca Eva González Monroy, Angélica Cardona Clemente, Alfonso Espinoza Rodríguez, Evodio Don Juan Hernández, Ociel Monroy Choreño, Paola Álvarez Sánchez, Christian Armando Galindo Pacheco, Nestor Ramírez Bautista, José Alberto Valencia Ramírez, David Ricardo Aguilar Meza, José Guadalupe Daniel Serrano and Alejandra Pérez Angeles for their papers “Cybercultur@ and knowledge communities: The experience of an emerging community of knowledge at the University”.

A complete list of the winners of previous editions is available in Buckley Award page.

13th Conference of Sociocybernetics | Abstracts Booklet is now available

Following the conference program, the book of abstracts is also now available.

The keynote speaker Dr. Yamir Moreno (Research Professor & Deputy Director of the Institute for Biocomputation and Physics of Complex Systems) will open the conference with a speech titled “FROM SMALL TO BIG DATA: THE PHYSICS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR”.

Abstract

Physics has been extremely successful in describing our natural world, from the very small to the very large scales. However, as we will argue in this talk, the study of human collective behavior is not as easy as dealing, for instance, with ideal gases. The reasons are multiple, among which one can mention the fact that we do not know what are the laws describing most human behaviors and that in many dynamical processes details really matter. This calls for the analysis of human behavioral data, in some cases small, in some other cases big, but also at intermediate scales. Through the dissemblance of 3 different examples of human collective behavior and using data at different scales, we will show what are the experimental (data) and theoretical challenges in the study of social systems and propose a way to tackle such problems.