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Evolution and the Emergent Self: The Rise of Complexity and Behavioral Versatility in Nature

December 9, 2011 Comments (0)

How did humans emerge from the cosmos and the pre-biotic Earth, and what mechanisms of biological, chemical, and physical sciences drove this increasingly complex process? Neubauer presents a view of nature that describes the rising complexity of life in terms of increasing information content, first in genes and then in brains. The evolution of the nervous system expanded the capacity of...
Columbia University Press

The Number That Killed Us: A Story of Modern Banking, Flawed Mathematics, and a Big Financial Crisis

December 9, 2011 Comments (0)

The devastating financial crisis that began in the summer of 2007 and led to staggering losses for the banking industry, a global economic recession, and an implosion in government finances was caused by two main factors: toxic assets and leverage. But why did banks and other financial institutions take on this "toxic leverage" in the first place? Because an immensely powerful, but little...
Wiley

The Common Extremalities in Biology and Physics, Second Edition: Maximum Energy Dissipation Principle in Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Evolution

December 9, 2011 Comments (0)

This book is the first unified systemic description of dissipative phenomena, taking place in biology, and non-dissipative (conservative) phenomena which is more relevant to physics. Fully updated and revised, this new edition extends our understanding of nonlinear phenomena in biology and physics from the extreme / optimal...
Elsevier

Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion, and Naturalism

December 9, 2011 Comments (0)

This book is a long-awaited major statement by a pre-eminent analytic philosopher, Alvin Plantinga, on one of our biggest debates -- the compatibility of science and religion. Plantinga examines where this conflict is supposed to exist - evolution, evolutionary psychology, analysis of scripture, scientific study of religion - as well as claims by Dan Dennett, Richard Dawkins, and Philip...
Oxford University Press

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December 9, 2011 Comments (0)

New England Complex Systems Institute Winter School, Cambridge, MA, USA, 2012/01/02-13 41th Winter Meeting on Statistical Physics, Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, 2012/01/3-6 VI Congreso Bienal Internacional Complejidad 2012, Havana, Cuba, 2012/01/10-13 38th International Conference on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Computer Science, Špindlerův Mlýn, Czech Republic,...

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December 9, 2011 Comments (0)

Call for papers: Special issue of JSSC on Complex Systems and Sports, 2011/12/31 ASSYSTComplexity One of the main goals of the ASSYST Coordination Action is to promote Complex Systems for Socially Intelligent ICT (COSI-ICT) and, more generally, Complex Systems (CS) Science in Europe and Worldwide. We do this by communicating widely with scientists, policy makers, and business people, and by...

Optimization of brain and life performance: Striving for playing at the top for the long run

November 25, 2011 Comments (0)

In this essay written with my students and collaborators in mind, I share simple recipes that are easy and often fun to put in practice and that make a big difference in one's life. The seven guiding principles are: (1) sleep, (2) love and sex, (3) deep breathing and daily exercises, (4) water and chewing, (5) fruits, unrefined products, food combination, vitamin D and no meat, (6) power foods,...
arXiv

Lynn Margulis 1938-2011 "Gaia Is A Tough Bitch"

November 25, 2011 Comments (0)

Biologist Lynn Margulis died on November 22nd. She stood out from her colleagues in that she would have extended evolutionary studies nearly four billion years back in time. Her major work was in cell evolution, in which the great event was the appearance of the eukaryotic, or nucleated, cell — the cell upon which all larger life-forms are based. Nearly forty-five years ago, she argued for its...
Edge.org

Robust Signal Processing in Living Cells

November 25, 2011 Comments (0)

Cellular signaling networks have to function reliably and with high fidelity in an uncertain environment. In this paper, we investigate the topological principles to achieve such robust signal processing in living cells. Specifically, we identify the topological organizing principles that enable a signaling network to keep the stationary intracellular concentrations of certain molecules, such as...
PLoS Comput Biol