The Urban Species: How Domesticated Humans Evolved

Modern humans are building megacities – and networks of megacities – at an unprecedented scale. Annalee Newitz compares today’s urbanization phenonmenon to that of the Neolithic period roughly 9,000 years ago, when humans first began living in sedentary communities. That shift prompted...

DNA, Love, and Gender

When it comes to human behavior, some traits are neither nature nor nurture, but something altogether different. That “something” is epigenetics, the science that helps to explain how the environment, including some social interactions, alter DNA. In this talk, Dr. Karissa Sanbonmatsu gives...

Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain

What shapes our personalities? How do we account for near-death experiences? How do we make decisions? And what happens when we accept that everything we feel and think stems not from an immaterial spirit but from electrical and chemical activity in our brains? Neurophilosopher Churchland grounds the...

Art, Architecture, and Design: derived from the creation of systems that generate unpredictable forms and functions

Much of my work has evolved around the invention of kits of parts that can be assembled, disassembled, and reassembled into a large variety of forms. Many of these forms have been used to construct unconventional architecture. Some of this architecture begins with the reinvention of the basic cube. All...

Questioning the Science of Gender Difference: A New Perspective

For decades, science has told us that biology defines gender differences. But what if the scientists – and popular culture – have got it wrong? Fine explores the literature, from studies in scientific journals to the latest assertions of Mars and Venus author John Gray, to challenge society’s attribution...

Big data, intuition, and decision-making in finance

SFI Board of Trustees Chair Michael Mauboussin interviews Daniel Kahneman, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Economics

Space-Time Dynamics of Uncertainty and Nonlinearity: Modelling the unknown unknowns

Suppose you knew the basic physics underlying a nonlinear complex system, and your measurements of its behavior showed significant variability in space and time. (If you wish, think of the weather record in the Northern New Mexico region during your lifetime.) Suppose also that the data you had for it...

The Ecological Human

2015 Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series - The Web of Life and the Ecological Human Lecture 2   Traditionally, most ecological research has studied ecosystems as separate from humans. In her second lecture, Dunne shows how humans fit into and impact ecosystems through their myriad interactions...

The Hidden Order of Complex Ecosystems - 2015 Ulam Lectures Part 1


The Hidden Order of Complex Ecosystems

2015 Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lecture Series - The Web of Life and the Ecological Human Lecture 1   Dunne shares surprising findings from her research of food webs, the networks of who eats whom in nature. After revealing hidden ecological order, she explores the underlying forces that constrain...

Extending Theory for Social Evolution: Why Do Cooperation and Conflict Sometimes Evolve together?

Because natural selection is driven by competition, cooperation and altruism were the issues that most troubled Darwin, and the evolutionary theorists who have followed him. Recent studies of conflict within genomes also require upgrades on classical theory. Much of the cooperation and conflict in nature...

Stochastic Search in 1D: Optimizing the search time

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Sorting and the Information-Theoretic Bound: A Structural Analysis

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Norms that Govern: the Case of Wikipedia

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Studying disease underreporting using population genetics

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Sparse Graphs with Maximal Ising Magnetization

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Social influence in a world of King Oedipus

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Music from a map the relation of sound characteristics to geography

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Heterogeneity Within Self­ Organizing Animal Groups

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Total Information Flow in Stochastic Networks

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