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.
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.
SFI’s Learning Lab is offering a free online course to build the community of teachers who are offering rich computational thinking experiences through modeling and simulation.
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.
Author Neal Stephenson has joined the Santa Fe Institute as a Miller Scholar. He will visit the Institute periodically through the end of 2016.
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.
SFI VP for Science Jennifer Dunne and Science Board member Robert May are among 14 researchers whose work is recognized for expanding the scientific understanding of food webs over the last century.
The Santa Fe Institute’s Learning Lab has received a nearly $3 million National Science Foundation Award to develop and study a robust professional development program for middle school teachers.
A new paper in PLOS ONE by External Professor Michael Hochberg and colleagues computes how human social groups pass through different phases in their growth, structure, and behavior.
A study of aggression in monk parakeets suggests that where they stand in the pecking order is a function of the bird’s carefully calibrated perceptions of the rank of their fellow feathered friends.
According to new research from SFI Professor Nihat Ay and colleagues, seemingly complex motor behaviors can arise from surprisingly simple brains.
Paper: Does our understanding of food web structure change with the spatial scale at which we observe it?
In a new paper in Ecology and Evolution, SFI VP for Science Jennifer Dunne and colleagues ask whether our understanding of how food webs are organized changes with the spatial dimension at which we observe them.
A "new economic synthesis" is under way that might help topple long-held notions in neoclassical economics, according to a feature article in New Scientist that quotes a number of SFI researchers.
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.
In The Chronicle of Higher Education, Dan Rockmore and David Krakauer propose a “Terminator test” to gauge not whether an intelligence is a convincing likeness of a human’s, but whether it replaces or surpasses a human’s.