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John Holland, ‘Father of Complexity,’ Dies at 86

Reposted from https://reason.com/blog/2015/08/31/john-holland-father-of-complexity-dies-a Pioneer in complex adaptive systems passed away earlier this month by Ed Krayewski|Aug. 31, 2015 7:15 am University of Michigan Earlier this month, the computer scientist and psychologist John Holland passed away. Holland is known as the “father of … Continue reading

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Beauty as a Concept

#conceptual thinking is an important but little understood element of reasoning. #beauty is the ultimate concept. Continue reading

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Three skills for dealing with complexity

Our World has generally become more complex, in part because of the many linkages and relationships between elements that make it a lot harder to figure out how things work and where they are going.  Let’s take the stock market … Continue reading

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Warren Weaver’s Great 1948 Article in American Scientist

I am slowly taking the Santa Fe Institute free online class on complexity, and one of the recommended readings for Unit 1 is a great 1948 article by Warren Weaver in American Scientist which can be found HERE .   Weaver … Continue reading

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Santa Fe Institute’s new free online courses in complex systems

Beginning February 4, the Santa Fe Institute will offer a series of massive open online courses (MOOCs) in complex systems science.  The first course, “Introduction to Complexity,” will be an accessible introduction to the field, with no pre-requisites and no … Continue reading

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First student conference on Complexity Science

http://server7.web-mania.com/users/NcckukLe/ The first Student Conference on Complexity Science, showcasing the global challenges that the discipline tackles and the current work of complexity science PhD students, will take place next month (5 and 6 August 2011). The conference, which is being … Continue reading

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Herding sheep: it’s complicated! No, it’s complex :)

Someone (my brother) asked me the difference between “complicated” and “complex”.  I touched on that in the post “What is Complexity?”  Let’s try another way, using the example provided by Michel Cotsaftis in “Complex Systems and Self-organization Modelling“:  Dogs herding … Continue reading

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