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Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next

December 26, 2011 Comments (0)

A new phenomenon is reshaping the way we live and transforming the way we do business: the aerotropolis. A combination of giant airport, planned city, shipping facility and business hub, the aerotropolis will be at the heart of the next phase of globalization. Drawing on a decade's worth of cutting-edge research, this book offers a visionary look at how the metropolis of the future will...
Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Neurogastronomy: How the Brain Creates Flavor and Why It Matters

December 26, 2011 Comments (0)

Leading neuroscientist Gordon Shepherd embarks on a paradigm-shifting trip through the "human brain flavor system," laying the foundations for a new scientific field: neurogastronomy. Challenging the belief that the sense of smell diminished during human evolution, Shepherd argues that this sense, which constitutes the main component of flavor, is far more powerful and essential than...
Columbia University Press

What Makes Your Brain Happy and Why You Should Do the Opposite

December 26, 2011 Comments (0)

Greece isn't the only country drowning in debt. The Debt Supercycle—when the easily managed, decades-long growth of debt results in a massive sovereign debt and credit crisis—is affecting developed countries around the world, including the United States. For these countries, there are only two options, and neither is good—restructure the debt or reduce it through austerity measures....
Prometheus Books

Endgame: The End of the Debt Supercycle and How It Changes Everything

December 26, 2011 Comments (0)

Why do we routinely choose options that don't meet our short-term needs and undermine our long-term goals? Why do we willingly expose ourselves to temptations that undercut our hard-fought progress to overcome addictions? Why are we prone to assigning meaning to statistically common coincidences? Why do we insist we're right even when evidence contradicts us? In this book, David DiSalvo...
Wiley

Event Announcements

December 26, 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 26, 2011 Comments (0)

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December 26, 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...

Complex Systems: A Survey

December 9, 2011 Comments (0)

A complex system is a system composed of many interacting parts, often called agents, which displays collective behavior that does not follow trivially from the behaviors of the individual parts. Examples include condensed matter systems, ecosystems, stock markets and economies, biological evolution, and indeed the whole of human society. Substantial progress has been made in the quantitative...
arXiv

Building a Science of Cities

December 9, 2011 Comments (0)

Our understanding of cities is being transformed by new approaches from the complexity sciences (Batty, 2005). Here we review progress, sketching the background beginning with the systems approach which treated systems as being organised from the top down to that which now dominates where systems are treated as evolving from the bottom up. The switch in thinking we describe is best pictured in...
CASA Working Papers

What Are Leaders Really For?

December 9, 2011 Comments (0)

By refusing to name a leader, Occupy Wall Street presents a challenge to this view. With no one figure to credit or blame, with no face to put on a sprawling inchoate movement, and with no hierarchy of power, we simply don't know how to process what "it" is, and therefore how to think about it. And because this absence of a familiar personality-centric narrative makes us uncomfortable, we are...
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