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"I can remember when the first pulsars were discovered. I was able to go and sit down and listen to graduate students talking about what their theories, to explain what pulsars really were."
- Vernor Vinge

Ethical Calculus  
  Mathematics used to determine positive social conduct.  

"Throughout the history of mankind, philosophers have grappled with the question: ‘How shall we then live?’ Ethical Calculus lays down mathematical principles uncovered by Social Psych to address this question, essentially providing calculations and functions that determine appropriate human behavior."
From Alpha Centauri, by Sid Meier.
Published by Fraxis Games in 1999
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Reminiscent of Asimov's psychohistory (from his Foundation series), although the two have different purposes. Psychohistory predicts the future based on trends; Ethical Calculus finds out the best conduct for a society.

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