14 episódios

Our multidisciplinary, quantitative lens can help deepen our understanding of perhaps the most complex of complex systems, namely, human behavior. The emergence, persistence, and demise of social institutions and their co-evolution with distinctive human behaviors - such as altruistic cooperation, out-group hostility and adaptive learning - are typically overlooked in standard economic and other behavioral science models. In line with the well-established scientific tradition of the Institute, this research is characterized by (a) its trans-disciplinary nature, (b) its use of nonlinear dynamical systems to study the explicit out-of-equilibrium dynamics of the relevant processes, (c) and sustained interaction between mathematical modeling and well-defined empirical case studies and problems of potentially great contemporary practical relevance.

NOTE: Please excuse the production quality of some of our older videos. They were transferred from our video tape archive.

Understanding Human Behavior Santa Fe Institute

    • Ciências sociais

Our multidisciplinary, quantitative lens can help deepen our understanding of perhaps the most complex of complex systems, namely, human behavior. The emergence, persistence, and demise of social institutions and their co-evolution with distinctive human behaviors - such as altruistic cooperation, out-group hostility and adaptive learning - are typically overlooked in standard economic and other behavioral science models. In line with the well-established scientific tradition of the Institute, this research is characterized by (a) its trans-disciplinary nature, (b) its use of nonlinear dynamical systems to study the explicit out-of-equilibrium dynamics of the relevant processes, (c) and sustained interaction between mathematical modeling and well-defined empirical case studies and problems of potentially great contemporary practical relevance.

NOTE: Please excuse the production quality of some of our older videos. They were transferred from our video tape archive.

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    From Democratic Consensus to Cannibalistic Hordes: The Principles of Collective Animal Behavior

    From Democratic Consensus to Cannibalistic Hordes: The Principles of Collective Animal Behavior

    Collective organization is everywhere, both around us and within us. Our brains are composed of billions of interconnected cells communicating with chemical and electrical signals. We are integrated in our own collective human society. Elsewhere in the natural world hundreds of thousands of blind army ants coordinate a massive raid across the rainforest floor, a flock of birds arcs and ripples while descending to roost, and a fish school convulses, as if it is a single entity, when attacked by a predator. How can animal groups move in unison? How does individual behavior produce group dynamics? Do animal groups function as a “collective mind”? From locust swarms to bird flocks, from consensus decision-making in fish and among humans, Couzin will discuss how, and why, coordinated collective behavior is so pervasive within the natural world.

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    The Penguin and The Leviathan: The Science and Practice of Cooperation

    The Penguin and The Leviathan: The Science and Practice of Cooperation

    Harvard professor and business author Yochai Benkler questions the centuries-old practice of managing people through incentive structures

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    Secrets of the Heart: The Electrocardiogram, Complex Systems Science and Fundamental Laws of Biology

    Secrets of the Heart: The Electrocardiogram, Complex Systems Science and Fundamental Laws of Biology

    The heart’s electric currents have been known for one hundred years, but three-quarters of a century later, the ECG is still giving up its secrets. Buchman explains the basic ECG signal and its relationship with the function of the human heart. He then turns to complex systems science to discover hidden structure within the ECG. These lie in frequencies (akin to musical tones); in variability (akin to the change in directions of a walker choosing not-quite-random steps); and in network design (akin to adding/losing elements of a power grid). Finally, he explores the ways in which the ECG might point towards the existence of fundamental laws of biology. Armed with these fundamental laws, we ask how complex systems science might allow us to guide care in the intensive care unit.

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    Wild and Domesticated Religions: How the Machinery of Religion Evolved

    Wild and Domesticated Religions: How the Machinery of Religion Evolved

    Religions have probably changed more in the last two centuries than they changed in the last two millennia, and perhaps they will change more in the next twenty years than they have in the last two centuries. Dennett discusses religions as intricately des

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    Stylish Mathematics

    Stylish Mathematics

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    Rice Paddies, Coral Reefs & The Goddess of the Lake

    Rice Paddies, Coral Reefs & The Goddess of the Lake

    • 1h 9 min

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