iecps Institute of Studies of Complexity and Systems Thinking Vladimir Dimitrov IntroductionChaos and Complexity theory studies nonlinear processes: Chaos explores how complexly interwoven patterns of behaviour can emerge out of relatively simply-to-describe nonlinear dynamics, while Complexity tries to understand how relatively simply-to-describe patterns can emerge out of complexly interwoven dynamics. Both Chaos and Complexity build the core of Complexity Science actively promoted in the research publications of the Santa Fe Institute in USA established in 1984. This institute draws scientists from universities and research institutions throughout the world - mathematicians and computer scientists, economists and social scientists, biologists and ecologists, psychologists and philosophers, interested in exploring the underlying dynamic patterns and regularities behind a wide spectrum of complex and chaotic phenomena and processes. A Historical OutlookChaos and Complexity emerge from non-linear mathematics. In 1972 the French mathematician R. I.
Un Certain Regard Un Certain Regard (French pronunciation: [œ̃ sɛʁtɛ̃ ʁəɡaʁ]; a certain regard) is a section of the Cannes Film Festival's official selection. It is run at the salle Debussy, parallel to the competition for the Palme d'Or. This section was introduced in 1978 by Gilles Jacob. Each year, it presents a score of films with various types of visions and styles; "original and different" works which seek international recognition. §Main Winners In 1998, the Prize Un Certain Regard (French: prix un certain regard) was introduced to the section to recognize young talent and to encourage innovative and daring works by presenting one of the films with a grant to aid its distribution in France. Since 2005, the prize consists of €30,000 financed by the Groupama GAN Foundation. * Denotes first win for a country §Complete List of Winners §References
NetLogo Home Page NetLogo is a multi-agent programmable modeling environment. It is used by many tens of thousands of students, teachers and researchers worldwide. It also powers HubNet participatory simulations. It is authored by Uri Wilensky and developed at the CCL. What can you do with NetLogo? Join mailing lists here. Download NetLogo Go to NetLogo Web NetLogo comes with a large library of sample models. Love American Skin | Photography Last week German photographer and filmmaker Diana Scheunemann unveiled her probing debut film, Love American Skin, a road trip across America that documented the many contrasting characters and viewpoints that make up one of the biggest nation’s in the world. Compelling watching, the film throws up opinions that may ruffle a few feathers but adds to our understanding of the vastness of the country, and the differences that one encounters from state to state. We catch up with Diana to talk through her experiences of making the film. Me and my partner had been living in NYC for a few years. You hear all these partisan views on the TV but we wanted to see for ourselves what this country we now live in is like, and form an opinion based on our own experience instead of from Hollywood movies and charged news commentators. We found nearly all of the Americans we met to be really open. There are some states where you can be shot just for stepping on someone’s property. That people are people.
What is Emergent Thinking? | David Brooks With rendition switcher David Brooks: Carl Popper, the great philosopher said, “All problems are either clouds or clocks.” A clock is a… to understand a clock, you can take it apart, it’s individual pieces and you study the pieces and then you can understand how a clock works. A cloud, you can’t take apart a cloud. So an emergent system is something you only can study as a whole. So we’re surrounded by these patterns of interaction, these emergent systems. And so when you talk about a corporate culture or a marketplace or anything, it’s about the complex interplay of all these different things.
Gods and Goddesses [Gods and Aliens] When you study the mythologies of ancient civilizations, you realize they are all designed by the same geometric blueprint that follows into humanity's current timeline. In the physical we find duality on all levels, especially in the pantheons of creational forces linked to one another. We further find the pattern of creation and destruction ... repeating in the cycles of time ... embracing the human experience. Designing the gods and goddesses falls into the same categories of duality - good and bad - light and dark - forever seeking balance and the return to full consciousness. The study of Ancient Alien Theory allows one to understand that creator gods more than likely were aliens who created the race presently called humans, in its various forms, by biogenetic experimentation and manipulation. Always we find Gods who came from the sky (higher frequency) and those that came from the sea of creation (collective unconsciousness).
On Early Warning Signs At a closed meeting held in Boston in October 2009, the room was packed with high-flyers in foreign policy and finance: Henry Kissinger, Paul Volcker, Andy Haldane, and Joseph Stiglitz, among others, as well as representatives of sovereign wealth funds, pensions, and endowments worth more than a trillion dollars—a significant slice of the world’s wealth. The session opened with the following telling question: “Have the last couple of years shown that our traditional finance/risk models are irretrievably broken and that models and approaches from other fields (for example, ecology) may offer a better understanding of the interconnectedness and fragility of complex financial systems?” Science is a creative human enterprise. Examples of catastrophic and systemic changes have been gathering in a variety of fields, typically in specialized contexts with little cross-connection. Consider first the complex interconnections. Nonlinear systems, however, are not so well behaved.
Manifesting the Mind THE WORD ‘PSYCHEDELIC’ means ‘manifesting the mind’. This documentary presents an analysis of Shamanism, psychedelics, drug addiction, DMT, communication with plant spirits, modern monotheism vs. Shamanism, culture and the drug war, the ancient mysteries, the amanita muscaria, Soma, and much more! Interviews include—Robert Bussinger, Mike Crowley, Timothy Freke, Peter Gandy, Alex Grey, Clark Heinrich, Nick Herbert, John Major Jenkins, Dennis McKenna, Terence McKenna, Daniel Pinchbeck, and Dr. If you watch this video, you’ll realise within the first few minutes why our governments are so desperate to prohibit the use of ‘psychedelics’… See also: ManifestingTheMind.com | BouncingBearFilms.com | DMT: The Spirit MoleculeGraham Hancock—The Drug War | Caminho Sagrado Xamanismo | Ayahuasca (Search) 1Czbe1ty2UQNHYxvpJqfJEdeaL2cYmzc5T
Underground ant city in Brazil that 'rivals the Great Wall of China' with a labyrinth of highways By Julian Gavaghan Updated: 16:51 GMT, 2 February 2012 A sophisticated underground ant city once populated by millions of insects has been discovered by a team of scientists. The abandoned megalopolis, which features vast subterranean highways, paths and gardens, was found buried beneath the earth in Brazil. It is thought to have housed one of the biggest ant colonies in the world. Scroll down to watch the amazing video Underground city: The network of tunnels and dens built by millions of Leaf Cutter ants in Brazil Experts poured ten tonnes of concrete into holes on the surface – which served as air conditioning ducts for the ants – to expose the tunnels by solidifying in the space. It took ten days to pour the material down the labyrinth of channels, which covered an area of 500sq ft and extended to 26ft below the surface.. After a month, scientists, led by professor Luis Forgi, began digging and revealed the incredible city described as the ‘ant equivalent of the Great Wall of China’.
Documentary List - The best documentaries to watch online The Viking Warriors The Vikings (from Old Norse víkingr) were seafaring north Germanic people who raided, traded, explored, and settled in wide areas of Europe, Asia, and the North Atlantic islands from the late 8th to the mid-11th centuries. The Vikings employed wooden longships with wide, shallow-draft hulls, allowing navigation in rough seas or in shallow river waters. The ships could be landed on beaches, and their light weight enabled them to be hauled over portages. These versatile ships allowed the Vikings to travel as far east as Constantinople and the Volga River in Russia, as far west as Iceland, Greenland, and Newfoundland, and as far south as Nekor.
Holism Holism: Holism as an idea or philosophical concept is diametrically opposed to atomism. Where the atomist believes that any whole can be broken down or analyzed into its separate parts and the relationships between them, the holist maintains that the whole is primary and often greater than the sum of its parts. The atomist divides things up in order to know them better; the holist looks at things or systems in aggregate and argues that we can know more about them viewed as such, and better understand their nature and their purpose. The early Greek atomism of Leucippus and Democritus (fifth century B.C.) was a forerunner of classical physics. In the seventeenth century, at the same time that classical physics gave renewed emphasis to atomism and reductionism, Spinoza developed a holistic philosophy reminiscent of Parmenides. Hegel, too, had mystical visions of the unity of all things, on which he based his own holistic philosophy of nature and the state.