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When science hits a limit, learn to ask different questions | Aeon
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Complexity

When science hits a limit, learn to ask different questions

Chris Kempes & Van Savage

How do you teach a car that a snowman won’t walk across the road? | Aeon
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Computing and artificial intelligence

How do you teach a car that a snowman won’t walk across the road?

Melanie Mitchell

Life ≠ alive | Aeon
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Biology

Life ≠ alive

A cat is alive, a sofa is not: that much we know. But a sofa is also part of life. Information theory tells us why

Michael Lachmann & Sara Walker

How ergodicity reimagines economics for the benefit of us all | Aeon
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Economics

How ergodicity reimagines economics for the benefit of us all

Mark Buchanan

Collaborators in creation | Aeon
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Technology and the self

Collaborators in creation

Our world is a system, in which physical and social technologies co-evolve. How can we shape a process we don’t control?

Doyne Farmer, Fotini Markopoulou, Eric Beinhocker & Steen Rasmussen

At the limits of thought | Aeon
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The future

At the limits of thought

Science today stands at a crossroads: will its progress be driven by human minds or by the machines that we’ve created?

David C Krakauer

Uncertain times | Aeon
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Complexity

Uncertain times

The pandemic is an unprecedented opportunity – seeing human society as a complex system opens a better future for us all

Jessica Flack & Melanie Mitchell

All stars | Aeon
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Complexity

All stars

Is a great team more than the sum of its players? Complexity science reveals the role of strategy, synergy, swarming and more

Jessica Flack & Cade Massey

Living orbs of light | Aeon
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Biology

Living orbs of light

Solving the mystery of how and why fireflies flash in time can illuminate the physics of complex systems

Orit Peleg

Why do we sleep? | Aeon
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Sleep and dreams

Why do we sleep?

Adults sleep less than babies. Sperm whales sleep less again. A new mathematical theory unlocks the mysteries of slumber

Van Savage & Geoffrey West