DySoC and NIMBioS are hosting a series of seminars on topics related to social complexity. Monthly seminars will be held at NIMBioS in Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd. Light refreshments will be served in Room 205 beginning 30 minutes before each talk. Faculty and students from across the UT community are welcome to join us.
Time/Date: Monday, September 24, 2018, 3:30*
Location: Room 206, Claxton Building, 1122 Volunteer Blvd.
Topic: Cultural prerequisites for democracy and economic development
The World Values Survey (WVS) quantifies the cultural values of 109 nations that represent 95 percent of the world's population on all six inhabited continents. Using unsupervised statistical methods, we present two orthogonal cultural components (Openness and Secular-Rationality) that underlie these data. Using a multilevel time series model, we show that Openness and Secular-Rationality must generally be infused into the population of a country before it becomes economically developed. Moreover, these cultural values not only also predict future levels of democracy, but also predict future democratic stability.
Damian Ruck is a postdoctoral fellow with Alex Bentley in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Tennessee. He earned a PhD at the University of Bristol in the Bristol Center for Complexity Sciences, funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. His research focuses on modeling the dynamics of global cultural values and their role in human development using advanced computational and statistical methods.
*Join us for refreshments at 3 p.m.
Seminar Flyer (pdf)
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