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What is creativity, and how can we understand it?
Sept. 26, 2014 -

SFI and the National Endowment for the Arts hosted a meeting in July to examine creativity through the lenses of the arts, psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, education, and more. Read the five takeaways.

Sam Shepard on American culture, the stage and screen, and writing at SFI
- The Guardian (U.K.)
Sept. 17, 2014 -

A conversation with writer, actor, director and past SFI Miller Scholar Sam Shepard covers America’s cultural decline, the recent deaths of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Williams -- and spending time at SFI.

Video - Watch Steven Strogatz's SFI Community Lecture 'The Joy of x: A Guided Tour of Math'
Aug. 12, 2014 -

In an August 6 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, mathematician Steven Strogatz showed how math underpins our lives, from finding the perfect romantic partner to understanding how Google works. Watch the video.

Video: Watch Seth Lloyd's talk 'Is time travel possible? Testing the Grandfather Paradox'
July 30, 2014 -

In a July 16 SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, MITs Seth Lloyd proffered a mode of time travel that is both theoretically possible and creatively irresistible. Watch his talk.

Cities, slums, neighborhoods, people: Watch Luis Bettencourt's lecture
June 27, 2014 -

What is a city? In an SFI Community Lecture June 18 in Santa Fe, SFI Professor Luis Bettencourt peered inside the city, down to the data describing its neighborhoods and its people, for answers. Watch his talk.

Video: Daniel Dennett asks whether we need free will
May 19, 2014 -

In an SFI Community Lecture Wednesday, May 14, in Santa Fe, philosopher Daniel Dennett asked: if free will is an illusion, should we conclude that we don’t need real free will to be responsible for our actions? Watch the video.

THANKS for supporting us during Give Grande New Mexico
May 6, 2014 -

Hooray! With your help, we met — and surpassed — our goal for Give Grande New Mexico yesterday, raising $9,313 that will help hard-working high school students attend C.A.M.P. this summer.

Wanted: SFI's next president
May 4, 2014 -

The Santa Fe Institute is seeking an uncommon leader to guide this world-renowned nonprofit research and education center. If you know a great candidate, pass it on.

Congratulations to our high school prize winners!
April 30, 2014 -

SFI and the Santa Fe Alliance for Science have awarded 13 graduating seniors and one science teacher from Santa Fe with the 2014 Prize for Scientific Excellence. The awardees were honored at the Institute on April 29.

Video: Robin Dunbar on why the Internet won’t get you any more friends
April 3, 2014 -

In an SFI Community Lecture March 12, evolutionary psychologist Robin Dunbar explained why our brains are hard-wired to maintain meaningful relationships with no more than around 150 people -- and this includes Internet relationships. Watch the lecture.

SFI's Dan Dennett exchanges views with Richard Swinburne on how academics should approach religion
- Prospect magazine
April 2, 2014 -

In Prospect magazine's World Thinkers 2014 series, philosopher and SFI External Professor Dan Dennett exchanges perspectives with philosopher Richard Swinburne on how academics should approach the study of religion.

Special event March 22 in Santa Fe: The Jewish contribution to human culture
March 20, 2014 -

On March 22 in Santa Fe, the Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival and New Mexico PBS are hosting a conversation between Emmy Award-winning historian Simon Schama and SFI President Jerry Sabloff on the contributions of Jews to human culture.

Video - SFI Community Lecture: Getting our arms around obesity: A systems approach to a global epidemic
- SFI Community Lecture
Feb. 20, 2014 -

In an SFI Community Lecture on February 12 in Santa Fe, Ross Hammond looked to complex systems science for promising new approaches to the global obesity epidemic. Watch the video.

Video - SFI Community Lecture: Thomas Lovejoy's wild solution to climate change
Feb. 14, 2014 -

In a January 8 SFI Community Lecture, conservation biologist Thomas Lovejoy examined the impacts of climate change and explored how we might manage both biological and human economic systems to reduce its long-term effects. Watch his talk.

Science On Screen: Particle Fever, presented by Geoffrey West & Mark Levinson
Feb. 11, 2014 -

In a special Science On Screen event Tuesday, February 11, physicist Geoffrey West and director Mark Levinson introduced the hit documentary film PARTICLE FEVER, the story of the machine and the people who sought, and found, the elusive Higgs boson.

Science On Screen Tuesday: Don't miss Cormac McCarthy's The Road, presented by Ole Peters
Jan. 17, 2014 -

The popular Science On Screen series continues Tuesday evening, January 21, in Santa Fe with SFI External Professor Ole Peters presenting The Road, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy.

Video: The geniuses who invented the digital universe
Dec. 9, 2013 -

In an SFI Community Lecture on November 6 in Santa Fe, historian George Dyson told the story of how a small band of young geniuses not only built the computer but foresaw the new world it would create. Watch his talk.

Science in a Complex World - Big Data: Opportunity or Threat?
- Santa Fe New Mexican
Dec. 2, 2013 -

Are Big Data and predictive analytics truly a gold mine for business, science, and government? Or are they a serious threat to our privacy and freedom? Chris Wood offers perspectives from a recent SFI meeting in Santa Fe.

Science symphony November 2: The Majesty of Music and Mathematics
Nov. 1, 2013 -

On Saturday, November 2, the Santa Fe Institute and the Santa Fe Symphony presented a unique immersion in sound and science featuring a multimedia presentation by SFI 's Cris Moore interspersed with musical selections.

Big data meets big theory at SFI’s 2013 annual symposium
Oct. 31, 2013 -

SFI’s annual Business Network and Board of Trustees Symposium in Santa Fe this weekend will explore both the promise and the limits of Big Data, as well as the value of theory in the Big Data context.

Science for a complex world: You love math. It’s in your music.
- Santa Fe New Mexican
Oct. 28, 2013 -

You love math. You really do. I’m not talking about the kind of math that makes cell phones work or the kind that bankers use. I’m talking about math in its purest, most natural form — the kind that moves the planets in their orbits, gives flowers their shape, and makes a chorus sound like angels.

Working group: Emergence of complex societies in Bronze Age Europe
Oct. 16, 2013 -

As the means to smelt ores and produce bronze spread through Europe, the new technology was one small part of broader sweeping changes in agriculture, animal husbandry, warfare, traditions of construction and settlement, and trade.

Working group: Let the robot learn
Oct. 12, 2013 -

Theoretical neuroscientists and mathematicians gathered at SFI recently to explore new ways to let “embodied intelligent systems” – that’s robots – learn coordination. At the small working group October 8-11, 2013 at SFI, nine researchers began hammering out a new theoretical approach for enabling robots to learn to walk, for example, in much the same way infants do.

'Gateways to Emergence' workshop revisits longtime SFI theme
Sept. 27, 2013 -

As the Institute approaches its 30th year, a group of distinguished scientists recently took time to revisit and build on questions of emergence.

Video: Is the human conscience led by the head or the heart?
- Newsweek/The Daily Beast
Sept. 23, 2013 -

In an SFI Community Lecture in Santa Fe, Steven Pinker and Rebecca Newberger Goldstein asked whether human moral progress is a gift of empathy and emotion or of reason and logic.

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