Monday, August 20, 2012

MetaTalk

There are Economic models which can be used to ascertain Society's Economic state.There are aspects of Computational Sociology which can model how Society behaves. Basically these are computational aspects, involving one or other kind of Mathematical models. But irrespective of absence or presence of these methodologies, Human Beings have this uncanny habit to guess - "Are the moral values of Society changing", "Whether a given religious setup is better than other".

Man has the habit to derive and predict. But these all aspects begin with a prologue. Creation of the prologue is in itself has deductive and inductive nature. But then it is more or less an area of crude experiments, it is like unprocessed resource. This is the area of creativity. Now are there methodologies to create prologue is a question which is on the common boundaries of Psychology, Philosophy and Logic. This is narrow area of a river where the current is high. And as there can be Psychological perspective, so there can be controversies.

But, any ways, yesterday (19th Oct), I was part of a grouping whose nature can be said to be like that of family grouping. Now in parallel to what is happening around you, you may like to abstract out how people communicate. This is not about the content of talk, it is more about how people introduce new topics, how they talk about those topics, how they substantiate their assertions, how they relate many a thing and also how they conclude. This kind of abstraction can be called meta-talk or stylishly MetaTalk.  Undoubtedly there were people there who were quite knowledgeable in terms of  introducing topics and communicating about them. Perhaps a mature talk. Nevertheless "MetaTalk" is not an impossibility.

These "MetaTalk" have following ingredient :=> (a) Start Communicating (b) Introduce Topics (c) Possibly discuss on topics non-intrusively (d) People gradually and vaguely conclude. Now the element (d) does not come in free. One needs to follow the process. (d) is what can be part of prologue I introduced above.

This sounds too trivial for we Human Beings. But wait, its formalism and also representation in computing system is way tougher. And however easy it might appear, any model of Computational Sociology and anyone who studies this area must keep track of (a)-(d); and should silently represent them in the system.



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