Segregation

Another interesting, and sobering, example of emergence can be seen a game theory model developed by Thomas Schelling. This mathematical model demonstrates how even highly tolerant individuals will divide into separate, racially identifiable communities based on a few very tendencies of behaviour.1


  1. Schelling, Thomas. (1971). Dynamic Models of Segregation. Journal of Mathematical Sociology. 1971, Vol. 1, pp. 143-186 www.stat.berkeley.edu/~aldous/157/Papers/Schelling_Seg_Models.pdf Play a simulation of the theory produced by Nicky Case called Parable of the Polygons at ncase.me/polygons/ 


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