In memoriam: David Pines

David Pines, a central figure in understanding the elemental properties of condensed matter and who played a major role in birthing complexity science and founding the Santa Fe Institute, passed away May 3, 2018.

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Cormac McCarthy awarded Humanities Prize

SFI Trustee and writer Cormac McCarthy has been awarded the Humanities Prize by the School of Humanities and Education at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Mexico. The prize recognizes McCarthy’s “deep and important contribution in the understanding of Mexico-USA relations through” his books like Blood Meridian and his Border trilogy.

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An Introduction to SFI’s Visiting Faculty

Three researchers are spending several months at SFI to tackle some big questions: “Why do we sleep less as we get older?” “What do city pigeons have in common with drug interactions?” and “Is there a trajectory underlying human history?” to name a few.

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New study improves 'crowd wisdom' estimates

In a new study, researchers examined just how accurate our collective intelligence is and how individual bias and information sharing skew aggregate estimates. Using their findings, they developed a mathematical correction that takes into account bias and social information to generate an improved crowd estimate. 

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Machine learning yields new insights into French Revolution’s early days

New research from an interdisciplinary collaboration among historians, political scientists, and statisticians suggests that rhetorical innovations may have played a significant role in winning acceptance for the new principles of governance that built the French republic’s foundation — and inspired future democracies around the world. 

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