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Two new trustees elected to SFI’s Board
Dec. 7, 2015 -

The Santa Fe Institute’s Board of Trustees has welcomed two new members-- Ted Rogers of American Industrial Partners and Gene Stark of Los Alamos National Laboratory (retired).

Germany's brand eins magazine introduces readers to the history and mystique of SFI
Dec. 4, 2015 -

In February 2015, a reporter and a photographer from Germany's brand eins magazine journeyed to Santa Fe to sample the quirky and innovative research culture of SFI. 

Video: Patricia Churchland on the self as brain
Nov. 24, 2015 -

During an SFI Community Lecture November 18 in Santa Fe, neurophilosopher Patricia Churchland explained the neural workings that underlie identity. Watch it here.

One reporter's account of SFI's 'Genius and Madness' event in August
- Sueddeutsche Zeitung
Nov. 9, 2015 -

Months before the release of Cormac McCarthy's forthcoming novel, an auditorium-capacity crowd – including a reporter from Sueddeutsche Zeitung, the largest-circulation daily newspaper in Germany – was treated to a reading of some of its passages.

Getting our arms around obesity
Oct. 29, 2015 -

A working group this week at SFI takes on the complex social problem of obesity, as collaborators test and refine an agent-based model for a pilot intervention.

Why some organisms adopt complex life strategies
Oct. 28, 2015 -

Ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and other experts are gathered at SFI this week to ask why certain species, when faced with environmental stressors, invest in complex life strategies.

Working group: What physical principles predict life?
Oct. 28, 2015 -

Why does Earth's physical environment precipitate life, and why don't others (the Moon's, for example)? SFI researchers sought clues during a recent working group at SFI.

SFI Community Lecture: Cordelia Fine on delusions of gender
Oct. 26, 2015 -

During a recent SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, psychologist and author Cordelia Fine looked to the science of gender to challenge society’s long-held, and possibly mistaken, beliefs about gender difference. Watch the lecture here.

Innovation as search on a landscape of possibilities
Oct. 16, 2015 -

Innovation might be understood as a search in a space of combinatorial possibilities. This week at SFI, a group of experts is seeking the origins of novelty, continuing to build a knowledge base that might lead to a theory of innovation.

Workshop: Recognizing wildness in all its guises
Oct. 13, 2015 -

Thorny problems and wild frontiers are the subject of this week's workshop at SFI on wildness.

Working group: Putting humans into their environmental contexts
Oct. 12, 2015 -

The Synthesized Knowledge of Past Environments (SKOPE) group is meeting at SFI this week to further development of a database on human societies and their natural environments.

Working group seeks better cell type classification
Oct. 7, 2015 -

A working group at SFI this week is asking how new cell types emerge and how best to differentiate between fundamental building blocks of life.

Register now for SFI's next short course, January 5-7 in Santa Fe
Sept. 30, 2015 -

Whether they are groups of ants, people, companies, or economies, social systems are intrinsically complex. Learn new ways to understand complex social systems during our next short course in Santa Fe.

Grasses, mammals, and their co-evolution
Sept. 30, 2015 -

A working group at SFI this week is exploring the co-evolution of mammals and grassland habitats.

Video: Jennifer Dunne on the web of life and the ecological human
Sept. 24, 2015 -

In her two 2015 Stanislaw Ulam Memorial Lectures, SFI's Jennifer Dunne reveals new ways to understand the sustainability of ecosystems past, present, and future. Watch the videos here.

Workshop explores self-assembly, kinetic networks
Sept. 22, 2015 -

Omidyar Fellow Yoav Kallus co-organized a workshop at SFI in mid September to explore how self-assembling materials do what they do.

SFI to co-host Systems Analysis 2015 conference
Sept. 8, 2015 -

The Santa Fe Institute is co-hosting Systems Analysis 2015, an international conference on systems analysis, to be held November 11-13, 2015 in Vienna, Austria. Register here.

Scholars seek a lingua franca for linguistics research
Aug. 20, 2015 -

This week at SFI, a group of scholars is meeting at SFI to develop a common language for combining vast and varied stores of linguistics data.

Newsweek features recent Drake, Krakauer, McCarthy, & McCarthy art-meets-science event
- Newsweek
Aug. 17, 2015 -

An article in Newsweek magazine features the recent, and unusual, Santa Fe Institute-Lannan Foundation event in Santa Fe during which art, music, math, and science collided.

SFI’s Krakauer, McCarthy’s new work featured in August 5 art event
Aug. 16, 2015 -

A singular conversation between artist James Drake and incoming SFI President David Krakauer unfolded August 5 in Santa Fe, in conjunction with the first public reading from SFI Trustee Cormac McCarthy’s new novel The Passenger.

SFI commemorates WWII encryption achievement on Navajo Code Talkers Day
Aug. 14, 2015 -

On August 14, National Navajo Code Talkers Day, SFI commemorates the World War II Code Talkers' remarkable achievement in using an evolved human language to create the most advanced encryption algorithms of the day.

Santa Fe Institute’s main building named after legendary scientist Murray Gell-Mann
Aug. 12, 2015 -

The Santa Fe Institute this week renamed its main building after legendary physicist and complex systems pioneer Murray Gell-Mann.

David Krakauer becomes SFI's new president
Aug. 5, 2015 -

In interviews with Santa Fe-area reporters this month, new SFI President David Krakauer asks what the Institute's unique role in science should be and what questions the Institute might be asking.

Santa Fe Institute welcomes endangered Santa Fe cholla
Aug. 3, 2015 -

On Saturday morning, August 1, some two dozen volunteers introduced an endangered cactus to the grounds of the Santa Fe Institute..

A Turing test for creative intelligence
July 31, 2015 -

Computer algorithms that make human-quality short fiction, poetry, and dance music is the objective of a new Turing test-style competition and prize in creative intelligence.

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