Are there “Patterns of Humanity”?

Are there patterns of humanity? The paper of David West looks at humanity, individually and collectively, to explore the question if there are patterns in the sense of a generalization or abstraction that is constant across cultures although each culture interprets that pattern differently. West states “In our efforts to build large-scale habitable complex systems it is essential that our efforts be informed with knowledge and understanding of human beings and the cultures they have instituted the past tens of thousands of years. Only Patterns of Humanity will provide any hope of success.” The full paper will be presented in the Purplsoc 2017 Proceedings to be published in Summer 2018.

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