New England Complex Systems Institute
238 Main Street Suite 319, Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: 617-547-4100 Fax: 617-661-7711
An archive of selected NECSI-affiliated seminars on various topics:
In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which has caused extensive loss of life and up to $50B in property damage, Yaneer Bar-Yam discusses in a NECSI Online Briefing how lessons from Sandy, and from Hurricane Katrina before that, can help cities, states, and the nation better prepare for large-scale crises. The work described was done in collaboration with Paul Seguin, Yavni Bar-Yam, Vedant Misra, and Dion Harmon.Click here to see video:
NECSI Online Seminar, recorded Thursday, November 15, 2012
Food price spikes in 2007-2008 and 2010-2011 triggered food riots across the world - including the Arab Spring. NECSI quantified the heightened propensity for violence, unrest and revolution during times of high food prices. NECSI predicted another price bubble and corresponding surge in violence by the end of this year, but the worst U.S. drought in half a century has accelerated this process. Yaneer Bar-Yam presents NECSI's findings linking high food prices and unrest, and outline the significant causes of a decade-long price run-up: excessive financial speculation and the large-scale conversion of corn to ethanol. The work described was done in collaboration with Marco Lagi, Karla Z. Bertrand, Yavni Bar-Yam, Dominic K. Albino, and Greg Lindsay.Click here to see video:
NECSI Online Seminar, recorded Monday, October 29, 2012
Presenting a few perspectives on the current trends in education from the perspective of a complex systems scientist. Among the likely topics: centrally prescribed metrics and standardized testing, charter schools, and innovations in mathematics education. Discussion based on analysis of complexity and scale, the substructure of neural cognition, and other relevant complex systems insights.
Kaput Center Seminar at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth,
recorded Wednesday, March 14, 2012
At the dawn of Western philosophy and science, some 2,700 years ago, Heraclitus declared, "The world bubbles forth." There is, in this fragment of thought, a natural magic, a creativity beyond the entailing laws of modern physics. Heraclitus was right about the evolution of the biosphere and human life. We live beyond entailing law in a natural magic we co-create. This talk was developed in collaboration with Giuseppe Longo.
NECSI and MIT/ESD Seminar recorded on Wednesday October 19, 2011
This talk addresses common misconceptions about the predictability of high dimensional complex systems, from weather to economic markets and social systems, using specific quantitative approaches that are able to predict human collective behaviors. It also considers the possibility of developing early warning signs for crises in a wide range of natural and engineered systems. There are important implications for the future of science, and the responsibility of science for society. Audience questions about both practical (policy) and philosophical aspects of these issues (free will) are discussed.
NECSI and MIT/ESD Seminar recorded on Friday, April 8, 2011