Cultural science is
emerging as the result of dialogue and convergence between
evolutionary/complexity theory (especially in evolutionary economics) and the
study of change in human relationships and identities (especially in creative
industries and cultural studies). The problem of dynamic change has proven to
be disruptive and challenging in the study of both economic and human values.
A provisional mission
statement for cultural science:
productivity has always emerged from human interactions, but it is increasingly
mediated by technologies that promote subjective mental representations as
networks, in which space and time are compressed through the continual
dissemination and retrieval of stored events.
interaction of people within this “social network economy” creates a continual
flux of ephemeral communities and novel entrepreneurial opportunities, with
unforeseen consequences being the norm rather than the exception.
process of “creative destruction” is best addressed by the humanities allying
with the dynamic science of evolution — the study of continual change through
variation, interaction, selection and drift.
Cultural science therefore seeks an evolutionary understanding of a knowledge- based society past and present, in order to map the possibility space of future scenarios for creative productivity (both market-based and in community contexts) to which public policy and business strategies must adapt.