The Variational Universe: From Strings to Neurons

The Principles of Complexity: Life, Scale, and Civilization

Principles of Complexity - Overview

From the rise of complex human institutions such as cities and nation states, to the evolution of intelligence in natural systems, complexity is a pervasive feature of our universe, our society, and our biological selves. Why should that be, and how can we study complexity, understand it, even predict...

Complexity and the Future of Learning and Education

Principles of Complexity: Life, Scale and Civilization

The Global and Urban Energy Challenges

Principles of Complexity: Life, Scale and Civilization

The Lifespans of Publicly-Traded Companies

2012 REU Final Presentation

Metabolic Ecology of Humans

Principles of Complexity: Life, Scale, and Civilization

Election Monitoring and the Perceptions of Voters

2012 REU Final Presentation

Rapa Nui's Deforestation: Modeling the Hunt Lipo Hypothesis

2012 REU Final Presentation

Complexity: Life, Scale, & Civilization

On Monday, August 6, SFI hosted a public panel discussion on the nature of complexity. "Complexity: Life, Scale, and Civilization" convened some of the biggest thinkers in science to grapple with some of the biggest questions in science. "From the Big Bang to the Mayans, from the gene to the global...

The Higgs Boson and the LHC

I will review (in non-technical terms) the case for building the LHC, and the technical challenges that had to be overcome, before presenting the recent discovery of a (or is it ‘the’?) Higgs boson and considering its implications.

The Myth of Common Sense: Why Everything that Seems Obvious Isn’t

Relying on "common sense" is the sensible thing to do, right? Not always. Although common sense can be useful for dealing with everyday problems, it can suffer from systematic failures when applied to complex problems in government, business, and marketing. Physicist-turned-sociologist Duncan Watts shows...

Human Cooperation (1+1=2.7): Superlinear Group Production in Open-Source Source Software Collaborations and Evolutionary Feedback Selection

In the first part of the seminar, we present a new analysis of a representative sample 254 open source software (OSS) projects that show how development activity of successful open innovation projects occurs in productive bursts. Such bursts are important because they contribute to an overall enhanced...

Why We Come To The Aid Of Our Friends: An Evolutionary Puzzle

Friends sacrifice for one another with little concern for past behavior or consequences. Such unconditional helping provides an important buffer against hardship. But it also poses an evolutionary puzzle. How have people managed to benefit from selfless aid while avoiding exploitation by false friends?...

Boolean Decision Problems with Competing Interactions on Scale-Free Networks

Spin glasses are paradigmatic models that deliver concepts relevant for a variety of systems. However, despite ongoing research spanning several decades in the area of glassy systems, there remain many fundamental open questions. Rigorous analytical results are difficult to obtain for spin-glass models,...

Symmetry Breaking and Non-Equilibrium Phenomena

Emergence: Lecture 3 Lectures by Simon DeDeo (simon@santafe.edu) during the Santa Fe Institute 2012 Complex Systems Summer School, an interdisciplinary course for graduate and postdoctoral students in the mathematical, biological, cognitive and social sciences. Full bibliography at http://bit.ly/PZS22W...

Effective Theories for Computational Systems

Emergence: Lecture 2 Lectures by Simon DeDeo (simon@santafe.edu) during the Santa Fe Institute 2012 Complex Systems Summer School, an interdisciplinary course for graduate and postdoctoral students in the mathematical, biological, cognitive and social sciences. Full bibliography at http://bit.ly/PZS22W...

Coarse-Graining, Renormalization & Universality

Emergence: Lecture 1 Lectures by Simon DeDeo (simon@santafe.edu) during the Santa Fe Institute 2012 Complex Systems Summer School, an interdisciplinary course for graduate and postdoctoral students in the mathematical, biological, cognitive and social sciences. Full bibliography at http://bit.ly/PZS22W...

Science on Screen Series: Groundhog Day - Trailer

On May 17, 2012, in Santa Fe, SFI's Murray Gell-Mann joined screenwriter Danny Rubin to give the comedy classic "Groundhog Day" a novel spin: Can Bill Murray help us understand the essence of scientific practice? The event was the fourth in the Science on Screen series, a collaboration between SFI and...

Science on Screen Series: Groundhog Day - Full Version

On May 17, 2012, in Santa Fe, SFI's Murray Gell-Mann joined screenwriter Danny Rubin to give the comedy classic "Groundhog Day" a novel spin: Can Bill Murray help us understand the essence of scientific practice? The event was the fourth in the Science on Screen series, a collaboration between SFI and...

How We Came To Be Deluged By Tweets

The story of information began in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanishes as soon as it is born. From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long-misunderstood talking drums of Africa, Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very...