Bryce Richter, University of Wisconsin-Madison

In Nautilus, incoming SFI president David Krakauer explores how science and culture co-evolve, using five short accounts of some of the surprising ways scientific thought progresses.

He concludes: "I would like to advocate for a new complexity metaphysics that derives its greatest 'pleasure in contemplating the immensity of the attempt” to grasp the sublime through an ever-growing community of collective intelligence. A community that needs to be nurtured and protected in order to keep the cognitive dominoes falling and ideas advancing into the future. William James captured this sentiment when he wrote 'The great use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.'"

Read Krakauer's essay in Nautilus (April 30, 2015)

Watch the series of related videos on Nautilus (April 23, 2015)