Welcome to the sociomechanics project whose aim is to model social behaviour using ideas from Newtonian Mechanics. Using the system dynamics methodology of stocks, flows and feedback, concepts such as force, momentum and energy can give insight into the way people, and other social phenomena, behave over time.
For example, stock y exerts a force on stock x. Changes in y cause x to accelerate, that is derviate from uniform change. Read more ...
The loop impact method determines which feedback loop dominates the behaviour of a stock. Loop impact measures the curvature in stock behaviour caused by a feedback loop.
Sometimes multiple loops are needed for dominance. The method includes exogenous influences.
The Newtonian Interpretive Framework views the construction and behaviour of a system dynamics model using concepts from Newtonian Mechanics. Causal connections between stocks are seen as forces imparting acceleration in stock behaviour. Each force imparts energy into a stock so that each stock-flow subsystem is conserved.
Soft variables are those that are difficult to quantify, even though they may be conceptually clear. For example, “confidence” in a manufacturer influences their sales, but it is not clear how confidence may be measured. Soft variables are common in social modelling.