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Aernout has written 42 articles so far, you can find them below.

The problem with incommensurabilities

The problem with incommensurabilities is that they do not tally with our natural tendencies to fall for the nirvana fallacy. We crave for general solutions. Such solutions would be provided by a general model for marginal-DOLAR!-cost valuations of transactions. But the elements of the virtual DOLAR! value are incommensurable. Thinking in terms of general DOLAR! […] Continue reading → ...

A chain of tweets

I began to tweet again on March 1, spirited on by the UWV ICT-plan-and-litigation situation. My agent-based modeling perspective leads to a whole collection of tweets which I can chain together, I just noticed. I will use the current chain to explain my modeling assumptions. My main assumption is that agent based modeling and simulation […] Continue reading → ...

A foursome of incommensurable values

Unlike economic men, we play multiple roles concurrently: part community man, part civil servant, part entrepreneur and part consumer. But we tend to identify with a single one. Yet with each transaction we exchange (and stash) four currencies, not one. Such opens up several possibilities to model for political `not just for the money’ deliberations […] Continue reading → ...

DOLAR!s for Mazzucato?

DOLAR!s for Mazzucato? In The Value of Everything Mariana Mazzucato states her aim as putting value back at the centre of economic reasoning. She has an inclusive value concept. I fear that such would facilitate legitimation of the abuses she fights instead of curbing it. When Science, Sociology, Law, Economics and Psychology are specializations around […] Continue reading → ...

DOLAR!

When DOLAR! would indicate the value of a mechanism for Division-of-Labor-and-Reintegration issues, the DOLAR! value of Wikipadia would be high and the DOLAR! values of the (Dutch) ICT plans for the UWV (2019) and the judiciary (KEI, 2018) would be negative. Methinks that in political decision making we often behave as-if we know the DOLAR! […] Continue reading → ...

Stuff I will talk about

The lead article in de Volkskrant   (a mainstream Dutch newspaper) of today provides an example. The UWV, responsible for processing social benefits in the Netherlands, is reported to be summoned to litigation by its Works Council in the attempt to prevent an ICT plan of 500M Euros to be realized. This is stuff that […] Continue reading → ...

March 2019 update

After several years of neglect I take up the blog (and twitter) again. In 2016 I decided to find out more about how complexity and legal theories could inforce each other. Since then I worked on what the questions are and how agent based  modeling can help. We (with Kunbei Zhang) considered several use cases […] Continue reading → ...

An abstract for CCS16

The following astract was submitted to CCS16 by Kunbei Zhang and Aernout Schmidt: Blending Complexity Research Disruptive complex adaptive systems (CASs, e.g. the profiling/social-media complex) put more and more pressures on individual agents’ capacities to act autonomously and responsible. As legal theorists we have some questions here. The foundation of our trade is a conception […] Continue reading → ...

CCS16 Satellite Session on Law and Complexity

Marion Dumas (SFI, USA) and  Aernout Schmidt (Leiden University, the Netherlands) are organizing a one-day Satellite Session on Law and Complexity for the Conference on Complex Systems, September 2016 in Amsterdam. The initiative is a follow-up on a discussion about the role of legal theorists in interdisciplinary complexity research teams. The proposal has been awarded  and […] Continue reading → ...

(P1-6) Institutions – A family of Concepts?

Yesterday we (Tina, Michiel, Carl, Gerrit-Jan and me) had a brainstorm meeting over the peer-reviewed, published article by Michiel on Big Data and what credible bargaining powers consumers can feasibly command in order to be taken seriously while endeavoring to participate in the shaping of privacy contracts, case law and legal rules that protect their […] Continue reading → ...

(P1-05) Institutions: mixing the natural and the rational

‘Institutions’ matter. Many definitions do circulate. Ours is discussed below (and largely harvested from Schmidt 2009). Institutions have: identity claimed sovereignty over a domain shared beliefs function rules (or laws) policies norms elites work forces publics feedback and communication channels hierarchically organized, internal and external, institutional structure. ‘Institution’ is a family concept; it is hard […] Continue reading → ...

(P6-01) EU-Greece on July 13, 2015

This morning we got the news that there had been reached an agreement about the Greek insolvency problem. It turned out to be a prescription by the non-Greek EU countries for how Greeks have to adapt their life styles into a new format, turning to what, e.g., Germans and Dutch prefer. This seems a strange, […] Continue reading → ...

(P8-02) Groupiness and rivalry within disciplines

One characteristic of a discipline is a tendency to “groupiness.” Economists (members in other disciplines behave similarly) join groups that share characteristic reasoning habits. The economic discipline has thus developed different sub cultures. Such groups have formed around economists like Hayek, Keynes, Friedman, Coase, Akerlof, Bowles, Myerson, Greenspan. Often, in-group coordination (this phemomenon may be […] Continue reading → ...

(P1-04) What is a CANS?

For understanding the legislators’ difficulties in regulating the behaviors in CANSs (like the behaviors in the global, multi-level and multi-niche cluster of networked personal-data devouring and producing individuals and institutions), we need a systemic perspective that relates responsible individuals with the communities they co-evolve with. Systems An important concept therefore is `system’ in general (as […] Continue reading → ...

(P0-10) Why ask: What is a CANS?

This snippet aims to convey a general notion of why it is worth while to ask What is a CANS? For solving Complex Problems, we need cross-disciplinary cooperation. The statement is a no-brainer. Its realization is not.  We promote CANS-thinking because it is our aim to identify quality mechanisms that help comprehend what the scope […] Continue reading → ...