Statistical Dynamics of Religions and Adherents

author: Marcel Ausloos, Group for Research and Applications of Physics in Economy and Sociology, SUPRATECS, University of Liège
published: Dec. 14, 2007,   recorded: October 2007,   views: 3902


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We argue that religion is another degree of freedom to describe a population on an evolving network. We present a comprehensive analysis of 55+2 so called religion evolutions, as measured through their number of adherents. The Avrami-Kolmogorov differential equation which usually describes solid state transformations is used in each case in order to obtain the preferential attachment parameter introduced previously [1]. It is often found close to unity, indicating a smooth evolution. However large values suggest the occurrence of extreme cases which we conjecture are controlled by so called external fields. A few cases indicate the likeliness of a detachment process. Various cases are illustrated. It seems that religion is an as exciting, and even more physically interesting statistical physics subject than language [2] due to the presence of external fields and various time scales. Hamiltonian and Langevinian like description will be suggested. [1] M. Ausloos and F. Petroni, Statistical Dynamics of Religions and Adherents, Europhys. Lett.77 (2007) 38002 (4 pp); [2] D.M. Abrams, S.H. Strogatz, Modelling the dynamics of language death. Nature 424 (2003) 900 (3 col).

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