This leads to a society with low levels of interracial marriage.
But when the researchers added links between people without a connection – such as through online dating - the level of interracial marriage rapidly increased.
Researchers suggest that this new way of looking for love is connecting communities in novel ways, and even leads to more interracial marriage (stock image)In their study, the researchers simulated what happened when extra links are introduced into a social network made up of men and women from different races.
In the network, everyone wants to marry a person of the opposite sex, but can only marry someone who they have a connection with.
From classical antiquity through the 19th century, science as a type of knowledge was more closely linked to philosophy than it is now and, in fact, in the West the term "natural philosophy" encompassed fields of study that are today associated with science such as physics, astronomy, medicine, among many others.
In the 17th and 18th centuries scientists increasingly sought to formulate knowledge in terms of laws of nature.
Researchers suggest that this new way of looking for love is connecting communities in novel ways, and even leads to more interracial and stable marriage.
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They added: 'Understanding the evolution of interracial marriage is an important problem, for intermarriage is widely considered a measure of social distance in our societies.'In their study, the researchers simulated what happened when extra links are introduced into a social network made up of men and women from different races.
Before the invention or discovery of the concept of "nature" (ancient Greek phusis) by the Pre-Socratic philosophers, the same words tend to be used to describe the natural "way" in which a plant grows, and the "way" in which, for example, one tribe worships a particular god.
For this reason, it is claimed these men were the first philosophers in the strict sense, and also the first people to clearly distinguish "nature" and "convention." Science was therefore distinguished as the knowledge of nature and things which are true for every community, and the name of the specialized pursuit of such knowledge was philosophy – the realm of the first philosopher-physicists.
As a slow process over centuries, the word "science" became increasingly associated with what is today known as the scientific method, a structured way to study the natural world.
Science in its original sense was a word for a type of knowledge rather than a specialized word for the pursuit of such knowledge.
Speaking about why more diverse societies are beneficial, Dr Ortega told Mail Online: 'I believe, like many, that more diverse societies have greater advantages.