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How to “Grow” Shamanism in a Computer Model

Connor Wood: Our very simple ABM “grew” social phenomena that occur regularly across cultures worldwide, but which nobody has really been able to understand. In our simulations, steeper formal social hierarchies produced societies with more female shamans, and more egalitarian societies gave rise to male-dominated shamanism. In the most realistic simulations, males were slightly less tolerant of social stress than female agents.

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