THE FUNDAMENTAL ATOM FOR SOCIAL SCIENCE WOULD CONTAIN TWO DIFFERENT KINDS OF CONNECTIONS-- Voice NARRATOR: We all know about webs. I introduce this for groups.
It stands for all the individuals in a group, no matter how many. We need to show two different things:
One, their trades and relationships.
Two, the common ideas at the center of attention. This is a separate requirement. It may be ideas like beliefs, goals, and rules. Or partly embodied by a leader, like an entrepreneur, or an institution like a government. The double arrow is because there are some rules you can change, and some rules you cannot.
So let's define any group very generally as members, interacting around central ideas. There are always two different connections: the individual transactions, and the two-way arrows of responsibility and judgment.
I think this is a scientific fundamental: the basic atom of social science.