Re: [sl4] Is the Global Stockmarket a neural network?

From: Andrew Dun (
Date: Sat Mar 14 2009 - 03:11:13 MDT

Hi - First post here, looking forward to making more in the future.

It may be worth noting here that basic premise of Network Science ( is that networks as disparate
as brains and stockmarkets, and indeed all networks, will have significant
formal similarities at the level of structure and dynamics. Therefore simply
identifying these systems as belonging to the class 'network' is already a
worthwhile insight. Furthermore, it isn't clear that all systems of
influence can be classified in this way, so the classification is


On Sat, Mar 14, 2009 at 6:00 PM, Nick Tarleton <> wrote:

> On Wed, Mar 11, 2009 at 7:00 PM, Roko Mijic <> wrote:
>> 2009/3/11 Kaj Sotala <>
>>> A "neural network" is a certain type of mathematical model. It's
>>> pretty obvious that the stock market is not a neural network in any
>>> sense that doesn't stretch the original term to the point of breaking.
>> But dude, this is the SL4 list! We're meant to make vague, speculative
>> analogies that make for poor science and awful philosophy... right?
> SL4 is dead; long live Less Wrong.
> npt

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