What happens when the instruments we use to make rigorous scientific predictions operate in ways that we cannot comprehend with natural cognition? In a recent essay published in Aeon, SFI President David Krakauer takes a philosophical deep dive into this fascinating and pressing question.
Despite the near-universal assumption of individuality in biology, there is little agreement about what individuals are and few rigorous quantitative methods for their identification. A new approach may solve the problem by defining individuals in terms of informational processes.
In their op-ed for STAT, former SFI postdoctoral fellow Laurent Hébert-Dufresne (University of Vermont) and current postdoc Vicky Chuqiao Yang, Complexity Postdoctoral Fellow and Peters Hurst Scholar, argue that if scientists hope to develop better epidemiological models, they must grasp the complex interplay between social behavior and disease.
SFI External Professor Joshua Epstein states the contagion of fear is as significant to the current pandemic as the novel coronavirus itself.
By using transmission to our advantage, we can eliminate coronavirus through citizen-based medicine.
SFI's President David Krakauer announces the Institute's suspension of visitor-related programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Abrupt environmental changes, known as regime shifts, are the subject of new research in which shows how small environmental changes trigger slow evolutionary processes that eventually precipitate collapse.
NPR’s David Brancaccio is hosting a free, virtual book club around the CORE team's introductory econ textbook.
New work led by SFI researchers reconciles divergent methods used to analyze the scaling behavior of cities.
The walls of SFI’s Miller and Cowan campuses were recently adorned with an exhibition by acclaimed visual artist Greg Stimac.
A new Scientific Reports paper puts an evolutionary twist on a classic question. Instead of asking why we get cancer, Leonardo Oña of Osnabrück University and Michael Lachmann of the Santa Fe Institute use signaling theory to explore how our bodies have evolved to keep us from getting more cancer.
In this SFI Community Lecture, economist Rajiv Sethi shows the depths to which stereotypes are implicated in the most controversial criminal justice issues of our time, and how a clearer understanding of their effects can guide us toward a more just society.
In the few short months since Carrie Cowan arrived at SFI, she’s been immersed in the culture and in uncovering new ways to advance the Institute’s educational mission. But the moments that most stand out to SFI’s new Director for Education are all about the people.
For something as ubiquitous in modern life as electrical power, few of us know much about the rules that govern power production, fees, or transmission. SFI External Professor Seth Blumsack, with colleagues from Boise State University and Duke University, are working to better understand them through a recently funded project called RTOGov (short for RTO Governance). Last fall, they shared what they've learned with the U.S. Congress.