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Podcast Profile: COMPLEXITY: Physics of Life

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113 episodes
2019 to present
Average episode: 58 minutes
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Categories: Interview-Style • Math • Multidisciplinary

Podcaster's summary: 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!

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List Updated: 2024-Apr-20 06:41 UTC. Episodes: 113. Feedback: @TrueSciPhi.

2024-Apr-10 • 41 minutes
Multiple worlds, containing multitudes
In the final episode of this season, we hear from a NASA researcher whose expertise spans from studying samples in deep, untouched regions of our planet all the way to organic chemistry happening in space. We consider the possibility of other, past origins of life on Earth and look at the rich potential to learn from sample return missions, including the recent OSIRIS-REx mission that retrieved samples of the asteroid Bennu. Abha also sits down with Chris to hear his perspective on the podcast as a research...
2024-Mar-27 • 34 minutes
How human history shapes scientific inquiry
In this episode, we examine how the course of human history has shaped our scientific knowledge, why the physics community prioritizes some questions over others, and why progress in complex systems research is especially difficult. Academia continues to operate within set boundaries and students are taught certain concepts as fundamental and to skirt others completely. However, the history of science demonstrates that such concepts aren’t always set in stone. It’s possible that blowing open the “shackles o...
2024-Mar-13 • 34 minutes
Ep 4: The physics of collectives
How do groups solve problems? Are there conditions that create a pathway to innovation and groundbreaking inventions? In today’s episode, we look at the science of collectives to learn about the patterns that emerge as human societies grow, the importance of a collective structure to foster ideas and create impact, and – from collectives like ants and immune systems – the importance of veering off the beaten path to become better at exploring and discovering.
2024-Feb-28 • 29 minutes
Why is life so diverse?
In the first two episodes of this season, we’ve examined how fundamental rules like scaling laws constrain evolution for all forms of life. But if everything is bound to these core rules, then why do we see exceptions? In this episode, Abha and Chris get into the incredible diversity of plants and animals on this planet, where that diversity comes from, and if it’s possible to make forecasts about the biosphere, just like we do for the weather. And, what happens when biodiversity is threatened?
2024-Feb-14 • 34 minutes
How do we identify life?
In this episode, Chris and Abha explore how life originated here on earth and how we might identify it in other parts of the universe. They ask two researchers about the signature characteristics of life and what common dynamics we might see among organisms outside our planet. They’ll also delve into assembly theory, a recent concept that looks at the construction of objects as a way to universally quantify life, which has ignited debate within the scientific community.
2024-Jan-31 • 35 minutes
What can physics tell us about ourselves?
Humans can live up to age 100, and not 1000 – why? Are there limits in how much our brains can think and compute? The laws of physics can help explain a lot, both about our own human bodies and how we are connected to life all around us.
2024-Jan-29 • 3 minutes
Relaunch of Complexity Podcast Trailer
Trailer for Complexity: Physics of Life, from the Santa Fe Institute
2023-Jun-30 • 99 minutes
Michael Garfield & David Krakauer on Evolution, Information, and Jurassic Park
2023-Apr-05 • 82 minutes
Mason Porter on Community Detection and Data Topology
2023-Mar-24 • 67 minutes
Andrea Wulf on Magnificent Rebels: The First Romantics and The Invention of The Self
2023-Mar-09 • 67 minutes
Carlos Gershenson on Balance, Criticality, Antifragility, and The Philosophy of Complex Systems
2023-Feb-24 • 60 minutes
Complex Conceptions of Time with David Krakauer, Ted Chiang, David Wolpert, & James Gleick
2023-Feb-09 • 73 minutes
Paul Smaldino & C. Thi Nguyen on Problems with Value Metrics & Governance at Scale (EPE 06)
2023-Jan-25 • 81 minutes
Dani Bassett & Perry Zurn on The Neuroscience & Philosophy of Curious Minds
2023-Jan-11 • 68 minutes
Alison Gopnik on Child Development, Elderhood, Caregiving, and A.I.
2022-Dec-22 • 73 minutes
Ricard Solé on Liquid and Solid Brains and Terraforming The Biosphere
2022-Dec-10 • 78 minutes
Glen Weyl & Cris Moore on Plurality, Governance, and Decentralized Society (EPE 05)
2022-Nov-23 • 49 minutes
John Krakauer Part 2: Learning, Curiosity, and Consciousness
2022-Nov-11 • 51 minutes
John Krakauer Part 1: Taking Multiple Perspectives on The Brain
2022-Oct-21 • 66 minutes
David Wolpert & Farita Tasnim on The Thermodynamics of Communication
2022-Oct-01 • 70 minutes
Kate Adamala on Synthetic Biology, Origins of Life, and Bioethics
2022-Sep-21 • 57 minutes
Miguel Fuentes & Marco Buongiorno Nardelli on Music, Emergence, and Society
2022-Sep-02 • 71 minutes
Steven Teles & Rajiv Sethi on Jailbreaking The Captured Economy (EPE 04)
2022-Aug-19 • 83 minutes
Caleb Scharf on The Ascent of Information: Life in The Human Dataome
2022-Aug-03 • 53 minutes
Daniel Lieberman on Evolution and Exercise: The Science of Human Endurace
2022-Jul-18 • 75 minutes
Aviv Bergman on The Evolution of Robustness and Integrating The Disciplines
2022-Jul-02 • 82 minutes
Sara Walker on The Physics of Life and Planet-Scale Intelligence
2022-Jun-18 • 85 minutes
Dmitri Tymoczko on The Shape of Music: Mathematical Order in Western Tonality
2022-Jun-04 • 68 minutes
Seth Blumsack on Power Grids: Network Topology & Governance
2022-May-21 • 81 minutes
Ricardo Hausmann & J. Doyne Farmer on Evolving Technologies & Market Ecologies (EPE 03)
2022-May-06 • 51 minutes
Eric Beinhocker & Diane Coyle on Rethinking Economics for A Sustainable & Prosperous World (EPE 02)
2022-Apr-21 • 53 minutes
David Krakauer on Emergent Political Economies and A Science of Possibility (EPE 01)
2022-Apr-08 • 74 minutes
C. Brandon Ogbunu on Epistasis & The Primacy of Context in Complex Systems
2022-Mar-26 • 54 minutes
Mingzhen Lu on The Evolution of Root Systems & Biogeochemical Cycling
2022-Mar-11 • 57 minutes
The Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles with Bryant Walker Smith
2022-Feb-25 • 74 minutes
Elizabeth Hobson on Animal Dominance Hierarchies
2022-Feb-11 • 54 minutes
Hard Sci-Fi Worldbuilding, Robotics, Society, & Purpose with Gary Bengier
2022-Jan-27 • 46 minutes
Multiscale Crisis Response: Melanie Moses & Kathy Powers, Part 2
2022-Jan-13 • 46 minutes
Fractal Inequality & The Complexity of Repair: Kathy Powers & Melanie Moses, Part 1
2021-Dec-22 • 71 minutes
Reflections on COVID-19 with David Krakauer & Geoffrey West
2021-Dec-13 • 58 minutes
Tina Eliassi-Rad on Democracies as Complex Systems
2021-Nov-24 • 81 minutes
Simon DeDeo on Good Explanations & Diseases of Epistemology
2021-Nov-05 • 33 minutes
Lauren Klein on Data Feminism (Part 2): Tracing Linguistic Innovation
2021-Oct-23 • 46 minutes
Lauren Klein on Data Feminism (Part 1): Surfacing Invisible Labor
2021-Oct-07 • 63 minutes
W. Brian Arthur (Part 2) on "Prim Dreams of Order vs. Messy Vitality" in Economics, Math, and Physics
2021-Sep-24 • 52 minutes
W. Brian Arthur on Economics in Nouns and Verbs (Part 1)
2021-Sep-08 • 64 minutes
Tyler Marghetis on Breakdowns & Breakthroughs: Critical Transitions in Jazz & Mathematics
2021-Aug-14 • 66 minutes
Katherine Collins on Better Investing Through Biomimicry
2021-Jul-30 • 54 minutes
Deborah Gordon on Ant Colonies as Distributed Computers
2021-Jul-16 • 66 minutes
Reconstructing Ancient Superhighways with Stefani Crabtree and Devin White
2021-Jul-01 • 46 minutes
Mark Ritchie on A New Thermodynamics of Biochemistry, Part 2
2021-Jun-17 • 41 minutes
Mark Ritchie on A New Thermodynamics of Biochemistry, Part 1
2021-Jun-04 • 49 minutes
Andrea Wulf on The Invention of Nature, Part 2: Humboldt's Dangerous Idea
2021-May-21 • 51 minutes
Andrea Wulf on The Invention of Nature, Part 1: Humboldt's Naturegemälde
2021-May-07 • 58 minutes
Sidney Redner on Statistics and Everyday Life
2021-Apr-23 • 61 minutes
Orit Peleg on the Collective Behavior of Honeybees & Fireflies
2021-Apr-08 • 48 minutes
Jonas Dalege on The Physics of Attitudes & Beliefs
2021-Mar-26 • 64 minutes
J. Doyne Farmer on The Complexity Economics Revolution
2021-Mar-12 • 60 minutes
James Evans on Social Computing and Diversity by Design
2021-Feb-26 • 60 minutes
David Stork on AI Art History
2021-Feb-12 • 50 minutes
Alien Crash Site Invades Complexity: Tamara van der Does on Sci-Fi Science, with Guest Co-host Caitlin McShea
2021-Jan-29 • 72 minutes
Mark Moffett on Canopy Biology & The Human Swarm
2021-Jan-15 • 72 minutes
Cris Moore on Algorithmic Justice & The Physics of Inference
2020-Dec-23 • 59 minutes
Science in The Time of COVID: Michael Lachmann & Sam Scarpino on Lessons from The Pandemic
2020-Dec-11 • 62 minutes
Artemy Kolchinsky on "Semantic Information" & The Physics of Meaning
2020-Nov-26 • 90 minutes
Peter Dodds on Text-Based Timeline Analysis & New Instruments for The Science of Stories
2020-Nov-11 • 55 minutes
Scott Ortman on Archaeological Synthesis and Settlement Scaling Theory
2020-Oct-29 • 62 minutes
Helena Miton on Cultural Evolution in Music and Writing Systems
2020-Oct-14 • 52 minutes
David Wolpert on The No Free Lunch Theorems and Why They Undermine The Scientific Method
2020-Oct-09 • 21 minutes
Introducing Alien Crash Site, a new SFI Podcast with host Caitlin McShea
2020-Sep-30 • 70 minutes
Vicky Yang & Henrik Olsson on Political Polling & Polarization: How We Make Decisions & Identities
2020-Sep-16 • 59 minutes
Carl Bergstrom & Jevin West on Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World
2020-Sep-02 • 57 minutes
Natalie Grefenstette on Agnostic Biosignature Detection
2020-Aug-12 • 67 minutes
The Information Theory of Biology & Origins of Life with Sara Imari Walker (Big Biology Podcast Crossover)
2020-Jul-23 • 63 minutes
Fractal Conflicts & Swing Voters with Eddie Lee
2020-Jul-15 • 66 minutes
Fighting Hate Speech with AI & Social Science (with Joshua Garland, Mirta Galesic, and Keyan Ghazi-Zahedi)
2020-Jul-06 • 59 minutes
The Art & Science of Resilience in the Wake of Trauma with Laurence Gonzales
2020-Jun-25 • 58 minutes
Geoffrey West on Scaling, Open-Ended Growth, and Accelerating Crisis/Innovation Cycles: Transcendence or Collapse? (Part 2)
2020-Jun-17 • 50 minutes
Scaling Laws & Social Networks in The Time of COVID-19 with Geoffrey West (Part 1)
2020-Jun-08 • 40 minutes
Better Scientific Modeling for Ecological & Social Justice with David Krakauer (Transmission Series Ep. 7)
2020-Jun-02 • 57 minutes
The Future of the Human Climate Niche with Tim Kohler & Marten Scheffer
2020-May-11 • 47 minutes
Exponentials, Economics, and Ecology with David Krakauer (Transmission Series Ep. 6)
2020-May-04 • 45 minutes
Embracing Complexity for Systemic Interventions with David Krakauer (Transmission Series Ep. 5)
2020-Apr-27 • 51 minutes
Rethinking Our Assumptions During the COVID-19 Crisis with David Krakauer (Transmission Series Ep. 4)
2020-Apr-20 • 44 minutes
On Coronavirus, Crisis, and Creative Opportunity with David Krakauer (Transmission Series Ep. 3)
2020-Apr-17 • 45 minutes
Caroline Buckee on Improving COVID-19 Surveillance & Response
2020-Apr-13 • 42 minutes
COVID-19 & Complex Time in Biology & Economics with David Krakauer (Transmission Series Ep. 2)
2020-Apr-06 • 47 minutes
Rigorous Uncertainty: Science During COVID-19 with David Krakauer (Transmission Series Ep. 1)
2020-Apr-01 • 29 minutes
Sam Scarpino on Modeling Disease Transmission & Interventions
2020-Mar-26 • 49 minutes
Laurent Hébert-Dufresne on Halting the Spread of COVID-19
2020-Mar-19 • 36 minutes
Andy Dobson on Epidemic Modeling for COVID-19
2020-Mar-12 • 66 minutes
Nicole Creanza on Cultural Evolution in Humans & Songbirds
2020-Mar-05 • 77 minutes
Melanie Mitchell on Artificial Intelligence: What We Still Don't Know
2020-Feb-27 • 53 minutes
Albert Kao on Animal Sociality & Collective Computation
2020-Feb-20 • 56 minutes
David B. Kinney on the Philosophy of Science
2020-Feb-13 • 66 minutes
Kirell Benzi on Data Art & The Future of Science Communication
2020-Feb-06 • 62 minutes
Chris Kempes on The Physical Constraints on Life & Evolution
2020-Jan-30 • 59 minutes
Andy Dobson on Disease Ecology & Conservation Strategy
2020-Jan-23 • 50 minutes
R. Maria del-Rio Chanona on Modeling Labor Markets & Tech Unemployment
2020-Jan-15 • 61 minutes
W. Brian Arthur (Part 2) on The Future of The Economy
2020-Jan-08 • 57 minutes
W. Brian Arthur (Part 1) on The History of Complexity Economics
2019-Dec-18 • 66 minutes
Matthew Jackson on Social & Economic Networks
2019-Dec-11 • 50 minutes
Ray Monk on The Lives of Extraordinary Individuals: Wittgenstein, Russell, Oppenheimer
2019-Dec-04 • 66 minutes
Melanie Moses on Metabolic Scaling in Biology & Computation
2019-Nov-27 • 79 minutes
Mirta Galesic on Social Learning & Decision-making
2019-Nov-20 • 64 minutes
Olivia Judson on Major Energy Transitions in Evolutionary History
2019-Nov-13 • 60 minutes
Rajiv Sethi on Stereotypes, Crime, and The Pursuit of Justice
2019-Nov-06 • 48 minutes
Jennifer Dunne on Reconstructing Ancient Food Webs
2019-Oct-30 • 46 minutes
Jennifer Dunne on Food Webs & ArchaeoEcology
2019-Oct-23 • 50 minutes
Luis Bettencourt on The Science of Cities
2019-Oct-16 • 39 minutes
Sabine Hauert on Swarming Across Scales
2019-Oct-09 • 56 minutes
The Origins of Life: David Krakauer, Sarah Maurer, and Chris Kempes at InterPlanetary Festival 2019
2019-Oct-09 • 47 minutes
David Krakauer on The Landscape of 21st Century Science