In a recent SFI panel discussion, some of the biggest thinkers in science explored why and how complexity is a pervasive feature of our universe -- in systems from genes to societies. Watch it here.
In an SFI Community Lecture, Duncan Watts talks about how we get duped by shared assumptions and demonstrates how learning to suspect our common sense can lead to better solutions. Watch the lecture.
Friends sacrifice for one another without apparent concern for consequences or reciprocation. In a June 27 community lecture in Santa Fe, SFI Omidyar Fellow alumnus Dan Hruschka explored the evolutionary puzzle of human friendship. Watch the video.
On May 17 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? Watch the video.
Are historic events inevitable based on the conditions in which they arise, or are they a unique result of the particular actions of people? SFI Omidyar Fellow Scott Ortman explores this big question in a brief video. Watch it here.
In a historic discussion at SFI in May 2012, a hand-picked group of scholars examined the long-term scientific, political, social, and cultural legacies of the Manhattan Project in a timely discussion of a world event with a lasting influence on science and society.
In an SFI community lecture in Santa Fe, author James Gleick tells the story of information and explored some ways information technologies have changed the very nature of human consciousness. Watch his presentation here.
In an SFI Community Lecture on April 9 in Santa Fe, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein considered intuition as an essential part of our moral and philosophical thinking. Watch the video here.
In a February community lecture, Brian Christian shared his experiences as a "confederate" in an annual man vs. computer "Turing Test," offering insights on ways computers are reshaping what it means to be human. Watch his presentation here.
SFI President Jerry Sabloff tells readers of the Santa Fe New Mexican what the Institute does, and why 2012 is a year for asking big questions at SFI.
On Sunday, October 30, in Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Institute and the Santa Fe Symphony collaborated to produce a unique concert event exploring the interface between music and science. Listen to the radio interview here.
In an October 5 community lecture, Molly Shaffer Van Houweling explored how free access to digital media is blurring the lines between intellectual property and individual expression and what that means for copyright law. Watch the video here.
The Santa Fe Institute is seeking nominations and applications for resident faculty positions.
Cryptography has come a long way since invisible ink and decoder rings. In an April 13 SFI community lecture, Cris Moore describes how we might protect information in a future world of quantum computing. Watch the video here.
A new book by Duncan Watts reviews recent research in social science and social networking and shows how what we call common sense can mislead us and undermine our ability to address complex issues in business, government, and life.
SFI’s 2011 community lecture series began March 2, with SFI Diplomat in Residence Bill Frej describing the complex system of Afghanistan and the challenges of achieving sustainable development in that war-torn country. Watch the video here.
In a distinguished lecture at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting, SFI President Jerry Sabloff urges his anthropological peers to go public or perish. Watch the video.
SFI’s Valerie Plame Wilson and her experiences as a former CIA agent are portrayed in the movie "Fair Game," which opened in major cities November 5.
Where science meets music: "Voyages of Discovery: The Planets," a collaboration between SFI and the Santa Fe Symphony Orchestra, interspersed music, visual imagery, and scientific commentary.
In an October 13 SFI public lecture, Harvard's Yochai Benkler questions the centuries-old practice of managing people through rewards and punishment and reviews successful institutions that succeed through cooperation. Watch the video here.
Recent advances in biology, linguistics, and computer modeling, along with new archeological finds, prompted SFI to host a September meeting that took a fresh, transdisciplinary look at the peopling of the Americas.
On August 18 in Santa Fe, SFI External Professor Tim Buchman, Emory University School of Medicine, explained how paying closer attention to the electrocardiogram's signal might shed new light on the complex adaptive system that is human health.
Dennis Meadows, who has spent decades studying Earth's capacity to endure human population growth and extractive economies, says we've run out of time to turn around our global version of the Titanic...
May 19 through May 21, 2010 in Portland Oregon. The course is an intensive, immersive tour of the sciences of complexity, a broad set of efforts that seek to explain how large-scale complex, organized, and adaptive behavior can emerge from simple interactions among myriad individuals.
The Santa Fe Institute celebrates 25 years.
Watch video interviews with SFI Professors David Krakauer, Sam Bowles, Murray Gell-Mann and Harold Morowitz discussing the future of complexity .