I wonder... will there be a periodic table of ecosystemic elements some day, a Zuckerberg's standard model of quantum sociodynamics? /s
Here is one of Haidt's TED talks that touches on the ideas of cooperation, group selection, and the free-rider problem:
His Edge article on "Contingent Superorganism" https://www.edge.org/response-detail/10386
NB: Also see this recent post on "information theory and the foundations of life" https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13496133
That is exactly what a proof by picture is.
Y.ϕ is a notation that means we apply operator ϕ on Y. It seems like they work with a closure operator that goes akin to "if we have a graph G where A relates to B and B relates to C, then G.ϕ additionally has A relating to C".
Then they look at how a social network evolves under the (formalized) assumption that no two individuals become one individual. Then they prove, under this condition, that, as the network evolves, some separate sets remain separate. That is, certain structures in the graph remain stable.
That's a broad overview, I think. I only spent like 15 minutes reading and writing this, so I might be mistaken.
Is that about it?
whenever there is gradient between [energy] potentials the things would move along it to neutralize the difference - that is the entropy law at work, nothing happens without it. Folding back, reconstitution, renewal - it is all requires expending energy, ie. entropy increase.
> if entropy represents a fundamental part of natural law applicable to social networks, our technology will try to negate and dominate it.
our technology is just a tool of ours. Being live organisms we follow the main principle (stemming from the 2nd law) what the life is built upon - negating and dominating entropy in some small volume of spacetime by using energy obtained by increasing entropy in some other volume of spacetime by even larger amount than the energy extracted and the entropy dominated/negated. Technology just allows to amplify that process.