The SCARF model describes five domains considered important in explaining, for a social setting, a key organising principle of the brain – minimise danger, maximise reward. Denoting status, certainty, autonomy, relatedness and fairness, SCARF brings to sharp relief the findings from social cognitive neuroscience that social needs are just as paramount as the physical.
Societies are complex open systems composed of the interaction of individuals that are themselves complex systems. Yet such systems can nonetheless achieve a level of dynamic stability giving rise to a social order which we label – civilisation. This is an emergent phenomenon that requires individuals to cooperate and reach consensus on key issues – […]