A mathematical model, validated on a large dataset of U.S. political surveys, predicts that when two groups form, both want to exclude those in the middle.
During the 2020-2021 fall semester, school districts around the United States navigated their reopening plans with little data on how SARS-CoV-2 spreads among children or how in-person learning would impact transmission in the schools’ communities. A new study in The Journal of School Health joins a growing body of evidence that, with appropriate measures, there are ways for schools to safely reopen.
How we form and change our beliefs is a scientific question with profound social implications. In a new paper, SFI researchers outline "a unifying quantitative framework that enables theoretical and empirical comparisons of different belief dynamic models.”
New research reveals the geometry behind predictable scaling relationships that apply to cities worldwide.
What makes something intelligent? Where is intelligence to be found? How is intelligence studied? SFI researchers Melanie Mitchell and Melanie Moses have organized a virtual conference in March that aims to answer questions about the foundations of intelligence from areas as diverse as philosophy to evolutionary intelligence and complex information processing.
External Professor Ross Hammond and his team have been using a complexity-inspired, agent-based model to help policymakers manage knowns and unknowns around pandemic policy options. Early results in St. Louis are showing clear benefits to the approach.
Can life be created in the lab? In the Nature journal Communications Chemistry, SFI External Professor Juan Pérez-Mercader and coauthors present a new way to design and build self-assembled chemical systems within the lab that mimic simple natural systems.
Without a doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised difficult questions about the institutions, principles, and practices that underlie our economic systems. We would do well to respond to these questions by taking a more direct look at how well our current economic models respond to the empirical realities we face, write SFI Professor Sam Bowles and External Professor Wendy Carlin in an op-ed for The Financial Express.
For the last 150 years, economic theory has depended on assumptions that consumers and investors think hyper-rationally. It's elegant but not realistic, argues SFI External Professor W. Brian Arthur in an essay published recently in Nature Physics Reviews.
New research shows that the more animals know about each other, the more they may be able to optimize their aggression.
Crossing disciplines, collecting new data in unconventional ways, and establishing a common language have long been hallmarks of scientific culture at the Santa Fe Institute. Now these same practices are spurring a "golden age" in social science, to which SFI researchers have made outsized contributions over the past 12 years, according to a perspective piece published February 2 in PNAS.
A new project will analyze around 500,000 congressional speeches from U.S. Senate and House proceedings to create a larger picture of the use of boundary rhetoric over nearly the last century of American political discourse.
Despite strides in family-leave offerings, and men taking a greater role in parenting, women in academia still experience about a 20% drop in productivity after having a child, while their male counterparts generally do not, according to new research by SFI and CU Boulder.
In an op-ed for The Conversation, SFI External Professor Seth Blumsack explains how the deregulated Texas power system actually combines deregulation and regulation.
A review paper published in this week's Evolutionary Anthropology seeks to reconcile competing approaches in the sciences of human behavior.
The COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the pace of automation. SFI External Professor Doyne Farmer and colleagues determined that low-wage workers face a double-whammy of being more likely to lose their jobs to automation and less likely to have the skills to switch to newly created jobs.
Scientists must learn how effectively to enter the policy arena, argue SFI External Professor Manfred Laubichler and colleagues in a recent perspective piece for Science & Diplomacy.