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...

The Science of Complexity: Understanding the Global Financial Crisis

The Santa Fe Institute and the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study at George Mason University offered a three day symposium entitled "The Science of Complexity: Understanding the Global Financial Crisis" May 16-18, 2012, at the spectacular new Founders Hall facility at the GMU Arlington campus. Through...

Measuring Social Networks for Disease and Health Behavior Dynamics

2012 Annual Science Board Symposium Future Directions in SFI Science: Potential Ideas

Social Networks and the Diffusion of Health Behaviors

2012 Annual Science Board Symposium Future Directions in SFI Science: Potential Ideas

Tracking and Curbing the Next Pandemic

2012 Annual Science Board Symposium Future Directions in SFI Science: Potential Ideas

Welcome to the 2012 SFI Science Board Symposium

2012 Annual Science Board Symposium Future Directions in SFI Science: Potential Ideas

Future Directions for SFI Science

2012 Annual Science Board Symposium Future Directions in SFI Science: Potential Ideas

10 Lessons from 20 Years in Building a Complexity-Informed Archaeology

2012 Annual Science Board Symposium Future Directions in SFI Science: Potential Ideas Keynote

Why and how we ask Big Questions at the Santa Fe Institute

SFI: Asking Big Questions

How do social, cultural, economic, and other human systems interact with ecosystems?

SFI: Asking Big Questions

Are historic events inevitable?

SFI Asking Big Questions