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HOW THE STRUCTURES OF YOUR SOCIAL NETWORKS AFFECT HOW YOU LEARN Exploring the need to shift from linear to iterative metaphors for understanding social learning. Complex change as a function of the critical mass of critical connections. New research contradicting common intuitions about social connections and change shows how, while simple ideas spread most effectively […]

The the complicated, the chaotic, and the complex

| It shouldn’t be surprising that complexity is a difficult concept to describe | From a philosophical point of view, complexity involves the integration of order and chaos (disorder). It represents a dynamic balance, or a rather complicated dance, between the two. Yet even our descriptions of these concepts are, in many ways, a matter […]

The evolution of complexity and intelligence on earth

Much of our research on intelligence has started by assuming that humans are special. And I think that’s exactly the wrong place to start if you’re interested in the evolution of intelligence. And if you’re interested in the evolution of intelligence, humans aren’t so much special as different … So the three ingredients of intelligence […]

Finding the simple patterns in a complex world | Michael Barnsley

Professor Michael Barnsley has developed a new way to uncover simple patterns that might underlie apparently complex systems, such as clouds, cracks in materials or the movement of the stockmarket. The method, named fractal Fourier analysis, is based on new branch of mathematics called fractal geometry. The method could help scientists better understand the complicated […]

Science and complexity | Warren Weaver

These problems – and a wide range of similar problems in the biological, medical, psychological, economic, and political sciences – are just too complicated to yield to the old nineteenth-century techniques which were so dramatically successful on two-, three-, or four-variable problems of simplicity. These new problems, moreover, cannot be handled with the statistical techniques […]