Instead of the typical bell-shaped curve, the fossil record shows a fat-tailed distribution, with extreme, outlier, events occurring with higher-than-expected probability. Using the same mathematical tools that describe stock market crashes, SFI researchers explain the evolutionary dynamics behind this universal pattern in the fossil record and uncover "a new normal."
In his new book Life Finds a Way: What Evolution Teaches Us About Creativity, SFI External Professor Andreas Wagner compares the tools of biological evolution with those of human innovation to make sense of the creative process that is happening in our minds all the time.
This summer marks the 25th anniversary of SFI’s Graduate Workshop in Computational Social Science and Complexity. To learn what makes this annual event so special — and how it has evolved over a quarter century and more than 275 participants — we sat down with co-directors and founders John Miller and Scott Page.
Borne out of a transdisciplinary Santa Fe Institute working group, Law as Data, edited by Michael Livermore and Dan Rockmore, explores the new field of computational legal analysis — the study of the law that uses legal texts as data.
From there to here: 2019 InterPlanetary Festival connects frontiers of space to terrestrial challenges
The second annual InterPlanetary Festival lands June 14-16, 2019 in Santa Fe’s Railyard Park.
Agent-based modeling has been used to study everything from economics to biology to political science to business and management. This July, programmers and non-programmers alike can learn to model by enrolling in Introduction to Agent-based Modeling, an online course offered through SFI's Complexity Explorer.
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 physicist Jean Carlson discussed the interplay between biological aging, adaptation, and the arrow of time.
In 2018, SFI Miller Scholar Laurence Gonzales won the Eric Hoffer Book Award and Montaigne Medal for his bestseller Deep Survival: Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why. He won another Eric Hoffer award in 2019 in the Legacy Nonfiction category for Flight 232: A Story of Disaster and Survival.
This June, Complexity Explorer offers its first course based on unsettled research into the "Origins of Life."
A new analysis of academic productivity finds researchers' current working environments better predict their future success than the prestige of their doctoral training.
The 2019 InterPlanetary Festival takes place June 14-16 in Santa Fe, NM.
The working group “Thermodynamic and Computational Efficiency in Cellular Chemical Reaction Networks” meets at SFI April 23-24.
Modular — or cliquey — group structure isolates the flow of communication between individuals, which might seem counterproductive to survival. But for some animal groups, more information isn't necessarily better, according to new SFI research published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.
SFI's Sam Bowles, Mercedes Pascual, and Daniel Schrag have been elected as members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Across the globe in a variety of societies, royal women found ways to advance the issues they cared about and advocate for the people important to them as detailed in a recent paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Research.
Physicists at the Santa Fe Institute and MIT have shown that Markov processes, widely used to model complex systems, must unfold over a larger space than previously assumed.