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Podcast Profile: COMPLEXITY: Physics of Life

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113 episodes
2019 to 2024
Median: 57 minutes
Collections: Physics, Math, and AstronomyScience


Description (podcaster-provided):

Are there universal laws of life and can we find them? Is there a physics of society, of ecology, of evolution? Join us for six episodes of thought-provoking insights on the physics of life and its profound implications on our understanding of the universe. In this season of the Santa Fe Institute’s Complexity podcast’s relaunch, we talk to researchers who have been exploring these questions and more through the lens of complexity science. Subscribe now and be part of the exploration!


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Complexity science • Physics of life and society • Evolution and biodiversity • Human history and scientific inquiry • Group problem-solving • Definitions of life • Human biology and cognition • Scientific theories and debates

This podcast, titled "COMPLEXITY: Physics of Life," from the Santa Fe Institute, explores the intricate and often interconnected scientific questions surrounding life, societal structures, and the universe through the lens of complexity science. The show dives into universal laws of life and their potential existence, examining phenomena at multiple scales, from individual organisms to entire ecosystems and societies.

Listeners can expect discussions on the physics and dynamics of life, pondering core scientific queries about the origins of life on Earth and the potential for life beyond our planet. The show often explores how life's rules and scaling laws constrain organisms yet also allow for biodiversity. Episodes discuss how human history influences scientific inquiry and the theoretical frameworks guiding modern research, challenging conventional academic boundaries.

A recurring theme is the study of collective behavior in both human societies and natural systems like ant colonies and immune systems. The podcast delves into how groups solve problems, innovate, and adapt, drawing parallels between social structures and biological processes. Episodes highlight the interdisciplinary efforts required to understand complex systems in fields as diverse as physics, biology, ecology, artificial intelligence, and social sciences.

The variety of guests, including researchers from academic institutions and specialized fields such as NASA, provides multifaceted perspectives. Topics range from the chemistry of life in space to the ethical dimensions of autonomous vehicles, the interplay of information and societal governance, and the emergent properties of political economies and market ecologies. The podcast also explores theoretical advancements and debates within the scientific community, such as assembly theory and its implications for identifying universal characteristics of life.

Overall, this podcast offers a rich tapestry of thought-provoking insights and discussions aimed at unraveling the complexities of life and the universe, making it a valuable resource for those interested in the intersection between science, complexity, and the broader implications for society.


Episodes:
Episode Image Multiple worlds, containing multitudes
2024-Apr-10
40 minutes
Episode Image How human history shapes scientific inquiry
2024-Mar-27
33 minutes
Episode Image Ep 4: The physics of collectives
2024-Mar-13
33 minutes
Episode Image Why is life so diverse?
2024-Feb-28
29 minutes
Episode Image How do we identify life?
2024-Feb-14
33 minutes
Episode Image What can physics tell us about ourselves?
2024-Jan-31
34 minutes
Episode Image Relaunch of Complexity Podcast Trailer
2024-Jan-29
3 minutes
Episode Image Michael Garfield & David Krakauer on Evolution, Information, and Jurassic Park
2023-Jun-30
99 minutes
Episode Image Mason Porter on Community Detection and Data Topology
2023-Apr-05
82 minutes
Episode Image Andrea Wulf on Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and The Invention of The Self
2023-Mar-24
66 minutes
Episode Image Carlos Gershenson on Balance, Criticality, Antifragility, and The Philosophy of Complex Systems
2023-Mar-09
66 minutes
Episode Image Complex Conceptions of Time with David Krakauer, Ted Chiang, David Wolpert, & James Gleick
2023-Feb-24
60 minutes
Episode Image Paul Smaldino & C. Thi Nguyen on Problems with Value Metrics & Governance at Scale (EPE 06)
2023-Feb-09
72 minutes
Episode Image Dani Bassett & Perry Zurn on The Neuroscience & Philosophy of Curious Minds
2023-Jan-25
80 minutes
Episode Image Alison Gopnik on Child Development, Elderhood, Caregiving, and A.I.
2023-Jan-11
68 minutes
Episode Image Ricard Solé on Liquid and Solid Brains and Terraforming The Biosphere
2022-Dec-22
73 minutes
Episode Image Glen Weyl & Cris Moore on Plurality, Governance, and Decentralized Society (EPE 05)
2022-Dec-10
77 minutes
Episode Image John Krakauer Part 2: Learning, Curiosity, and Consciousness
2022-Nov-23
49 minutes
Episode Image John Krakauer Part 1: Taking Multiple Perspectives on The Brain
2022-Nov-11
51 minutes
Episode Image David Wolpert & Farita Tasnim on The Thermodynamics of Communication
2022-Oct-21
66 minutes
Episode Image Kate Adamala on Synthetic Biology, Origins of Life, and Bioethics
2022-Oct-01
69 minutes
Episode Image Miguel Fuentes & Marco Buongiorno Nardelli on Music, Emergence, and Society
2022-Sep-21
57 minutes
Episode Image Steven Teles & Rajiv Sethi on Jailbreaking The Captured Economy (EPE 04)
2022-Sep-02
71 minutes
Episode Image Caleb Scharf on The Ascent of Information: Life in The Human Dataome
2022-Aug-19
82 minutes
Episode Image Daniel Lieberman on Evolution and Exercise: The Science of Human Endurace
2022-Aug-03
52 minutes
Episode Image Aviv Bergman on The Evolution of Robustness and Integrating The Disciplines
2022-Jul-18
74 minutes
Episode Image Sara Walker on The Physics of Life and Planet-Scale Intelligence
2022-Jul-02
82 minutes
Episode Image Dmitri Tymoczko on The Shape of Music: Mathematical Order in Western Tonality
2022-Jun-18
85 minutes
Episode Image Seth Blumsack on Power Grids: Network Topology & Governance
2022-Jun-04
67 minutes
Episode Image Ricardo Hausmann & J. Doyne Farmer on Evolving Technologies & Market Ecologies (EPE 03)
2022-May-21
80 minutes
Episode Image Eric Beinhocker & Diane Coyle on Rethinking Economics for A Sustainable & Prosperous World (EPE 02)
2022-May-06
50 minutes
Episode Image David Krakauer on Emergent Political Economies and A Science of Possibility (EPE 01)
2022-Apr-21
52 minutes
Episode Image C. Brandon Ogbunu on Epistasis & The Primacy of Context in Complex Systems
2022-Apr-08
74 minutes
Episode Image Mingzhen Lu on The Evolution of Root Systems & Biogeochemical Cycling
2022-Mar-26
53 minutes
Episode Image The Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles with Bryant Walker Smith
2022-Mar-11
57 minutes
Episode Image Elizabeth Hobson on Animal Dominance Hierarchies
2022-Feb-25
73 minutes
Episode Image Hard Sci-Fi Worldbuilding, Robotics, Society, & Purpose with Gary Bengier
2022-Feb-11
54 minutes
Episode Image Multiscale Crisis Response: Melanie Moses & Kathy Powers, Part 2
2022-Jan-27
46 minutes
Episode Image Fractal Inequality & The Complexity of Repair: Kathy Powers & Melanie Moses, Part 1
2022-Jan-13
46 minutes
Episode Image Reflections on COVID-19 with David Krakauer & Geoffrey West
2021-Dec-22
70 minutes
Episode Image Tina Eliassi-Rad on Democracies as Complex Systems
2021-Dec-13
58 minutes
Episode Image Simon DeDeo on Good Explanations & Diseases of Epistemology
2021-Nov-24
81 minutes
Episode Image Lauren Klein on Data Feminism (Part 2): Tracing Linguistic Innovation
2021-Nov-05
33 minutes
Episode Image Lauren Klein on Data Feminism (Part 1): Surfacing Invisible Labor
2021-Oct-23
46 minutes
Episode Image W. Brian Arthur (Part 2) on "Prim Dreams of Order vs. Messy Vitality" in Economics, Math, and Physics
2021-Oct-07
63 minutes
Episode Image W. Brian Arthur on Economics in Nouns and Verbs (Part 1)
2021-Sep-24
51 minutes
Episode Image Tyler Marghetis on Breakdowns & Breakthroughs: Critical Transitions in Jazz & Mathematics
2021-Sep-08
64 minutes
Episode Image Katherine Collins on Better Investing Through Biomimicry
2021-Aug-14
66 minutes
Episode Image Deborah Gordon on Ant Colonies as Distributed Computers
2021-Jul-30
54 minutes
Episode Image Reconstructing Ancient Superhighways with Stefani Crabtree and Devin White
2021-Jul-16
66 minutes
Episode Image Mark Ritchie on A New Thermodynamics of Biochemistry, Part 2
2021-Jul-01
45 minutes
Episode Image Mark Ritchie on A New Thermodynamics of Biochemistry, Part 1
2021-Jun-17
40 minutes
Episode Image Andrea Wulf on The Invention of Nature, Part 2: Humboldt's Dangerous Idea
2021-Jun-04
48 minutes
Episode Image Andrea Wulf on The Invention of Nature, Part 1: Humboldt's Naturegemälde
2021-May-21
51 minutes
Episode Image Sidney Redner on Statistics and Everyday Life
2021-May-07
57 minutes
Episode Image Orit Peleg on the Collective Behavior of Honeybees & Fireflies
2021-Apr-23
60 minutes
Episode Image Jonas Dalege on The Physics of Attitudes & Beliefs
2021-Apr-08
47 minutes
Episode Image J. Doyne Farmer on The Complexity Economics Revolution
2021-Mar-26
64 minutes
Episode Image James Evans on Social Computing and Diversity by Design
2021-Mar-12
60 minutes
Episode Image David Stork on AI Art History
2021-Feb-26
60 minutes
Episode Image Alien Crash Site Invades Complexity: Tamara van der Does on Sci-Fi Science, with Guest Co-host Caitlin McShea
2021-Feb-12
50 minutes
Episode Image Mark Moffett on Canopy Biology & The Human Swarm
2021-Jan-29
72 minutes
Episode Image Cris Moore on Algorithmic Justice & The Physics of Inference
2021-Jan-15
71 minutes
Episode Image Science in The Time of COVID: Michael Lachmann & Sam Scarpino on Lessons from The Pandemic
2020-Dec-23
59 minutes
Episode Image Artemy Kolchinsky on "Semantic Information" & The Physics of Meaning
2020-Dec-11
61 minutes
Episode Image Peter Dodds on Text-Based Timeline Analysis & New Instruments for The Science of Stories
2020-Nov-26
90 minutes
Episode Image Scott Ortman on Archaeological Synthesis and Settlement Scaling Theory
2020-Nov-11
54 minutes
Episode Image Helena Miton on Cultural Evolution in Music and Writing Systems
2020-Oct-29
61 minutes
Episode Image David Wolpert on The No Free Lunch Theorems and Why They Undermine The Scientific Method
2020-Oct-14
52 minutes
Episode Image Introducing Alien Crash Site, a new SFI Podcast with host Caitlin McShea
2020-Oct-09
20 minutes
Episode Image Vicky Yang & Henrik Olsson on Political Polling & Polarization: How We Make Decisions & Identities
2020-Sep-30
70 minutes
Episode Image Carl Bergstrom & Jevin West on Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World
2020-Sep-16
58 minutes
Episode Image Natalie Grefenstette on Agnostic Biosignature Detection
2020-Sep-02
56 minutes
Episode Image The Information Theory of Biology & Origins of Life with Sara Imari Walker (Big Biology Podcast Crossover)
2020-Aug-12
66 minutes
Episode Image Fractal Conflicts & Swing Voters with Eddie Lee
2020-Jul-23
62 minutes
Episode Image Fighting Hate Speech with AI & Social Science (with Joshua Garland, Mirta Galesic, and Keyan Ghazi-Zahedi)
2020-Jul-15
65 minutes
Episode Image The Art & Science of Resilience in the Wake of Trauma with Laurence Gonzales
2020-Jul-06
59 minutes
Episode Image Geoffrey West on Scaling, Open-Ended Growth, and Accelerating Crisis/Innovation Cycles: Transcendence or Collapse? (Part 2)
2020-Jun-25
58 minutes
Episode Image Scaling Laws & Social Networks in The Time of COVID-19 with Geoffrey West (Part 1)
2020-Jun-17
49 minutes
Episode Image Better Scientific Modeling for Ecological & Social Justice with David Krakauer (Transmission Series Ep. 7)
2020-Jun-08
40 minutes
Episode Image The Future of the Human Climate Niche with Tim Kohler & Marten Scheffer
2020-Jun-02
56 minutes
Episode Image Exponentials, Economics, and Ecology with David Krakauer (Transmission Series Ep. 6)
2020-May-11
47 minutes
Episode Image Embracing Complexity for Systemic Interventions with David Krakauer (Transmission Series Ep. 5)
2020-May-04
44 minutes
Episode Image Rethinking Our Assumptions During the COVID-19 Crisis with David Krakauer (Transmission Series Ep. 4)
2020-Apr-27
51 minutes
Episode Image On Coronavirus, Crisis, and Creative Opportunity with David Krakauer (Transmission Series Ep. 3)
2020-Apr-20
44 minutes
Episode Image Caroline Buckee on Improving COVID-19 Surveillance & Response
2020-Apr-17
45 minutes
Episode Image COVID-19 & Complex Time in Biology & Economics with David Krakauer (Transmission Series Ep. 2)
2020-Apr-13
42 minutes
Episode Image Rigorous Uncertainty: Science During COVID-19 with David Krakauer (Transmission Series Ep. 1)
2020-Apr-06
47 minutes
Episode Image Sam Scarpino on Modeling Disease Transmission & Interventions
2020-Apr-01
28 minutes
Episode Image Laurent Hébert-Dufresne on Halting the Spread of COVID-19
2020-Mar-26
49 minutes
Episode Image Andy Dobson on Epidemic Modeling for COVID-19
2020-Mar-19
36 minutes
Episode Image Nicole Creanza on Cultural Evolution in Humans & Songbirds
2020-Mar-12
66 minutes
Episode Image Melanie Mitchell on Artificial Intelligence: What We Still Don't Know
2020-Mar-05
77 minutes
Episode Image Albert Kao on Animal Sociality & Collective Computation
2020-Feb-27
52 minutes
Episode Image David B. Kinney on the Philosophy of Science
2020-Feb-20
55 minutes
Episode Image Kirell Benzi on Data Art & The Future of Science Communication
2020-Feb-13
66 minutes
Episode Image Chris Kempes on The Physical Constraints on Life & Evolution
2020-Feb-06
62 minutes
Episode Image Andy Dobson on Disease Ecology & Conservation Strategy
2020-Jan-30
59 minutes
Episode Image R. Maria del-Rio Chanona on Modeling Labor Markets & Tech Unemployment
2020-Jan-23
50 minutes
Episode Image W. Brian Arthur (Part 2) on The Future of The Economy
2020-Jan-15
60 minutes
Episode Image W. Brian Arthur (Part 1) on The History of Complexity Economics
2020-Jan-08
57 minutes
Episode Image Matthew Jackson on Social & Economic Networks
2019-Dec-18
65 minutes
Episode Image Ray Monk on The Lives of Extraordinary Individuals: Wittgenstein, Russell, Oppenheimer
2019-Dec-11
50 minutes
Episode Image Melanie Moses on Metabolic Scaling in Biology & Computation
2019-Dec-04
66 minutes
Episode Image Mirta Galesic on Social Learning & Decision-making
2019-Nov-27
79 minutes
Episode Image Olivia Judson on Major Energy Transitions in Evolutionary History
2019-Nov-20
64 minutes
Episode Image Rajiv Sethi on Stereotypes, Crime, and The Pursuit of Justice
2019-Nov-13
59 minutes
Episode Image Jennifer Dunne on Reconstructing Ancient Food Webs
2019-Nov-06
48 minutes
Episode Image Jennifer Dunne on Food Webs & ArchaeoEcology
2019-Oct-30
46 minutes
Episode Image Luis Bettencourt on The Science of Cities
2019-Oct-23
50 minutes
Episode Image Sabine Hauert on Swarming Across Scales
2019-Oct-16
39 minutes
Episode Image The Origins of Life: David Krakauer, Sarah Maurer, and Chris Kempes at InterPlanetary Festival 2019
2019-Oct-09
55 minutes
Episode Image David Krakauer on The Landscape of 21st Century Science
2019-Oct-09
46 minutes