Coupling and Human Community: Miscellaneous Notes on the Fundamental Physical Foundations of Human Mind, Culture, and Society

42 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2015

Date Written: February 14, 2015

Abstract

Coupling exists when two or more individuals interact in such a tightly coordinated way that we may consider them to be, effectively, a single system. The coupled system has a state space that is smaller than the total state space of the individual members and has fewer degrees of freedom. Coupling is considered in a variety of situations – music, conversation, and sports – and in relationship to the brain. A number of thought experiments are considered along with a variety of different disciplines.

Keywords: coupling, dynamics, communication, interaction synchrony, music, dance, conversation

Suggested Citation

Benzon, William L., Coupling and Human Community: Miscellaneous Notes on the Fundamental Physical Foundations of Human Mind, Culture, and Society (February 14, 2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2564998 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2564998

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