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Posthuman International Relations: Complexity, Ecologism and Global Politics

January 20, 2012 Comments (0)

In this bold intervention, Cudworth and Hobden draw on recent advances in thinking about complexity theory to call for a profound re-envisioning of the study of international relations. As a discipline, IR is wedded to the enlightenment project of overcoming the "hazards" of nature, and thus remains constrained by its blinkered "human-centered" approach. Furthermore, as a means of...
Zed Books

The Philosophical Breakfast Club: Four Remarkable Friends Who Transformed Science and Changed the World

January 20, 2012 Comments (0)

This book recounts the life and work of four men who met as students at Cambridge University: Charles Babbage, John Herschel, William Whewell, and Richard Jones. Recognizing that they shared a love of science, they began to meet on Sunday mornings to talk about the state of science in Britain and the world at large. This philosophical breakfast club plotted to bring about a new...
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January 20, 2012 Comments (0)

38th International Conference on Current Trends in Theory and Practice of Computer Science, Špindlerův Mlýn, Czech Republic, 2012/01/21-27 4th International Conference on Agents and Artificial Intelligence - ICAART 2012, Vilamoura, Algarve, Portugal, 2012/02/6-8 WIVACE 2012 Italian Workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation "Artificial Life, Evolution and Complexity"...

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January 20, 2012 Comments (0)

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January 20, 2012 Comments (0)

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 showcasing success stories of CS applications. Job openings in Complex Systems ...

Crisis response: The new history

January 6, 2012 Comments (0)

The nature of discontinuous change is often misunderstood. It is sometimes said — this is literally how traditional economists defend their failure to predict the ongoing financial and national-debt crises — that no one can be expected to foresee such radical departures from the quotidian. They emerge, like a hijacked aircraft, out of a clear blue sky. Yet social and political discontinuities...
Nature

Stop Signals Provide Cross Inhibition in Collective Decision-Making by Honeybee Swarms

January 6, 2012 Comments (0)

Honeybee swarms and complex brains show many parallels in how they make decisions. In both, separate populations of units (bees or neurons) integrate noisy evidence for alternatives, and, when one population exceeds a threshold, the alternative it represents is chosen. We show that a key feature of a brain—cross inhibition between the evidence-accumulating populations—also exists in a swarm...
Science

The Open Knowledge Foundation: Open Data Means Better Science

January 6, 2012 Comments (0)

Data provides the evidence for the published body of scientific knowledge, which is the foundation for all scientific progress. The more data is made openly available in a useful manner, the greater the level of transparency and reproducibility and hence the more efficient the scientific process becomes, to the benefit of society. This viewpoint is becoming mainstream among many funders,...
PLoS Biol

To Know, but Not Understand: David Weinberger on Science and Big Data

January 6, 2012 Comments (0)

Thomas Jefferson and George Washington recorded daily weather observations, but they didn't record them hourly or by the minute. Not only did they have other things to do, such data didn't seem useful. Even after the invention of the telegraph enabled the centralization of weather data, the 150 volunteers who received weather instruments from the Smithsonian Institution in 1849...
The Atlantic

Paddy Ashdown: The global power shift

January 6, 2012 Comments (0)

Paddy Ashdown claims that we are living in a moment in history where power is changing in ways it never has before. In a spellbinding talk at TEDxBrussels he outlines the three major global shifts that he sees...
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