A Simple Paradigm for Nooconomics, the Economy of Knowledge

  • Idriss J. AberkaneEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


The human noosphere and its inner dynamic are forming a fascinating yet poorly understood multiscale complex system, in which one may represent the interaction of individual knowledge holders and their collective dynamic. Here I propose a simple, improvable paradigm for noodynamics (the study of knowledge flows) and nooconomics at large (the economy of knowledge) based on two intrinsic properties of knowledge—its prolificity and collegiality—and on three simple transfer laws capturing some fundamental differences between material and immaterial economics, namely (1) that knowledge exchanges, unlike property exchanges, are flows, and thus time-dependent, (2) that knowledge exchanges are positive sum, unlike material exchanges and (3) that combinations of knowledge are non-linear. I then make a suggestion for a basic knowledge flow equation, namely that transferred knowledge is proportional to the product of spent attention and time, and discuss some of its social and political implications.


Knowledge economy Noosphere Multiscale dynamic Knowledge flow Noodynamics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Unesco-Unitwin Complex Systems Digital CampusStrasbourgFrance
  2. 2.Centre de Recherche en Gestion, Ecole Polytechnique, Bâtiment EntaPalaiseau CedexFrance
  3. 3.Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory, Stanford University, Kozmetsky Family CenterStanfordUSA

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