Re: [Fwd: Group Selection - Amish]

Aaron Lynch (
Thu, 18 Feb 1999 10:58:31 -0600

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Date: Thu, 18 Feb 1999 10:58:31 -0600
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Subject: Re: [Fwd: Group Selection - Amish]
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At 09:25 AM 2/18/99 +0000, David Hales wrote:
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>Hi All,
>I notice a little discussion on group selection touching on the Amish
>system and origins. The following is an very good introduction to
>history, origins and the (then - 1963) character of Amish society.
>All the way from the Swiss/Dutch Anabaptist/Mennonites to modern
>American groupings.
> Hostetler, John Andrew, 1918-
> Amish society
> Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press [1963]
>I've spent a bit of time thinking about "cultural group selection" and
>not getting far... For what it's worth my lame (i.e. don't flame me if
>you get upset) attempts to address it in a very abstract way can be
>found in:-
>Hales, D. (1998a), Selfish Memes and Selfless Agents - Altruism in the
>Swap Shop. In the
>Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Multi-Agent Systems
>Computer Society, California.
>Hales, D. (1998b), Stereotyping, Groups and Cultural Evolution. In
>Sichman, J., Conte,
>R., & Gilbert, N. (Eds.) Multi-Agent Systems and Agent-Based Simulation
>=96 Lecture Notes
>in Artificial Intelligence, volume 1534, Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
>The text of both can be found on my home-page (given below).
>Keep up the good work memonaughts...

Hi David.

Good to see you on this list.

I don't know if this will help your specific project, but you will be
pleased to know that Hostetler has published 3 revised editions of _Amish
Society_ in 1968, 1980, and 1993. (I have only the 3rd and 4th editions.)
Hostetler's books are essential reading on both the Amish and the=

--Aaron Lynch

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