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Cities are a new kind of complex system: Part social reactor, part network

June 23, 2013


Cities have long been likened to organisms, ant colonies, and river networks. But these and other analogies fail to capture the essence of how cities really function. New research by Santa Fe Institute Professor Luis Bettencourt suggests a city is something new in nature — a sort of social reactor that is part star and […]

What I, You, Me, and We Says About Us

June 21, 2013


I wrote this sentence and you are now reading it. The I in the preceeding sentence is my sense of my self. I assume most sentient animals have some sense of themselves, some kind of awareness or consciousness. But the I as a central narrator of my experience embedded in a mind-independent reality depends on the ability […]