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Understanding the parts, the whole, and then some
  • The human element of cybersecurity

    If humans aren’t included in the design process of new technologies and we don’t train analysts to work together, why are we still blaming humans for our cybersecurity woes?

  • What happens when the systems we rely on go haywire?

    Can we learn to predict and control the systems essential to our survival?

  • What can Mother Nature teach us about managing financial systems?

    Like ecosystems, financial markets are complex evolving systems from which unexpected bubbles, crashes, and other surprising behaviors can emerge. Building resilient financial systems may require policymakers to take cues from biology.

  • Water management is a wicked problem, but not an unsolvable one

    How we can begin to think about the tangled web of water supply and demand?

  • How to battle a wicked problem

    Scientists and policymakers must work together, step-by-step, to make a dent in our world’s biggest and most complex challenges.

  • The complex economics of self interest

    In social systems, incentives can work in perverse ways.

  • The source code of political power

    Human interaction is a march toward change and turmoil – not stability.

  • Beehives and voting booths

    There’s order in the chaos of presidential primaries, but is there wisdom?

  • Why people become terrorists

    How violent extremism emerges from complex social systems.

  • Engineered societies

    Can science help orchestrate social outcomes? Should it?

Complexity: Worlds hidden in plain sight

Part of a continuing series about complexity science by the Santa Fe Institute and The Christian Science Monitor, generously supported by Arizona State University.

  • Are humans truly unique? How do we know?

    The fourth piece in a year-long series about complexity science by the Santa Fe Institute and The Christian Science Monitor. Read our other entries at breakthroughs.csmonitor.com.

  • Old economic models couldn't predict the recession. Time for new ones.

    The US uses ‘Big Computing’ to analyze climate, healthcare, and even traffic – why not the economy?

  • A planet of cities

     Why all cities – despite their unique geographies, cultures, and accidents of history – are really the same.

  • Complexity: Worlds hidden in plain sight

    Part of a continuing series about complexity science by the Santa Fe Institute and The Christian Science Monitor, generously supported by Arizona State University.

 
 

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