Chen Hou (Missouri University)
Ori Hirschberg (Weizmann Institute of Science)
Judie Bronstein (University of Arizona)
Social systems are intrinsically complex, whether they are groups of interacting ants, humans, companies, cities, or societies. How do such systems organize themselves to produce sophisticated collective behavior? How do they adapt and learn in the face of changing circumstances? How does group cooperation emerge from social yet selfish individuals, and how can such cooperation be fostered? What causes social systems, including economies, to fail or collapse, and what makes them resilient? By approaching these and other profound questions of social science from a complexity perspective, scientists are beginning to understand and predict social behavior in wholly new ways.
David Pines (Co-Founder, SFI, Distinguished Research Professor of Physics, U C Davis, Research Professor of Physics, UIUC, and Chief Evangelist and Founding Director Emeritus, Institute for Complex Adaptive Matter)
This Thursday, SFI's Geoffrey West and Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales will discuss how insights from the Institute's research can be used to benefit cities like Santa Fe.
During an SFI Community Lecture November 18 in Santa Fe, neurophilosopher Patricia Churchland explained the neural workings that underlie identity. Watch it here.
Months before the release of Cormac McCarthy's forthcoming novel, an auditorium-capacity crowd – including a reporter from Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the largest-circulation daily newspaper in Germany – was treated to a reading ...
A working group this week at SFI takes on the complex social problem of obesity, as collaborators test and refine an agent-based model for a pilot intervention.