Emergent Democracy

Pasadero is conducting research on the biophysical roots of conservatism and liberalism with the aim of understanding the deep divide between them. This research studies “deep democracy” as a nonequilibrium thermodynamic system through which energy flows and is transformed and exchanged with the environment. Deep democracies are highly decentralized systems with high levels of citizen participation.

The argument for deep democracy consists of three parts. The first is the dual force biophysical roots of political orientations. The second is an “opportunity” (or degrees of freedom) interpretation of “information” based on the relationship between information and structure under the principles of nonequilibrium thermodynamics, and the third is contemporary theories and knowledge about the limits of the human brain given rapidly changing environments.

The ultimate aim of advancing our knowledge of democratic systems and of development tools is to extend citizen participation in the decision-making that affects their lives. Developments in the ProtoGenie toolkit project are already serving the goals of the emergent democracy research and development program by providing authoring tools for the construction of online surveys and other information technologies.

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