Tag Archives: concept

How Network Complexity Killed Water Cooler Collaboration

Thanks to the ever-increasing complexity levels and scale of today’s networks, casual conversations can no longer be classified as an effective method of information sharing. Continue reading

Posted in Decision Making, Modeling, Society | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Are we living in a simulated world?

That’s right!, there is a debate going on in some scientific and not so scientific circles whether we are living in a simulation, just like Super Mario.  Warning: this post may introduce a bunch of ideas you may have never … Continue reading

Posted in Decision Making, Mathematics, Modeling, Society | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Beauty as a Concept

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

Posted in art, Definition, Society | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Definition | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Definition | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Modeling Complexity

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?“… This riddles raises some interesting questions about observation and the knowledge and understanding of reality.   Philosopher George Berkeley postulated that … Continue reading

Posted in Definition, Modeling | Tagged , , , , , , , | 1 Comment