Ambiguity in language, including words with multiple meanings, actually make communication easier and may be an inevitable consequence of a language’s evolution, according to a new SFI working paper.
A conversation between SFI’s Murray Gell-Mann, a physicist, and oncologist David Agus at the 2009 Aspen Ideas Festival inspired Agus to change the way he thinks about cancer.
Our Spring 2014 issue of the SFI Bulletin, “How Life Got Complex,” asks why, and how, some biological systems on Earth have evolved to be ever-more complex, even intelligent.
SFI's 2013 Annual Report is more than a comprehensive guide to the Santa Fe Institute. It's also a handy cheat sheet for our first-ever SFI trivia quiz. You could win a prize.
In an SFI Community Lecture Wednesday, May 14, in Santa Fe, philosopher Daniel Dennett asked: if free will is an illusion, should we conclude that we don’t need real free will to be responsible for our actions? Watch the video.
A workshop this week at SFI asks how well web-based disease trackers like Google Flu Trends actually work, and seeks ways they can be made to work better.
Hooray! With your help, we met — and surpassed — our goal for Give Grande New Mexico yesterday, raising $9,313 that will help hard-working high school students attend C.A.M.P. this summer.
The Penn Museum has announced it will award the prestigious Lucy Wharton Drexel Medal to SFI President Jerry Sabloff during a special dinner on April 25 in Philadelphia.
In an SFI Community Lecture March 12, evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar explained why our brains are hard-wired to maintain meaningful relationships with no more than around 150 people -- and this includes Internet relationships. Watch the lecture.
An analysis led by SFI's Marcus Hamilton paints a grim picture of the experiences of indigenous societies following contact with Western Europeans, but also offers hope to those seeking to preserve Brazil’s remaining indigenous societies.
In an SFI seminar video, SFI journalism fellow Julie Rehmeyer explores society's poor handling of illnesses without clear causal mechanisms or sharply-defined symptoms, including her firsthand experience with chronic fatigue syndrome.
Analysis of a highly detailed picture of feeding relationships among 700 species from a 48 million year old ecosystem provides the most compelling evidence to date that ancient food webs were organized much like modern food webs.
Video - SFI Community Lecture: Getting our arms around obesity: A systems approach to a global epidemic
In an SFI Community Lecture on February 12 in Santa Fe, Ross Hammond looked to complex systems science for promising new approaches to the global obesity epidemic. Watch the video.
The same set of equations can be used to describe the development patterns of all human settlements, from the ancient cities of the Toltecs and Aztecs to modern megacities today, according to a new study in PLOS ONE.
In a January 8 SFI Community Lecture, conservation biologist Thomas Lovejoy examined the impacts of climate change and explored how we might manage both biological and human economic systems to reduce its long-term effects. Watch his talk.