A digital representation of the human genome at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
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April 26, 2013 How did life originate? This seemingly eternal question was recently the focus of an unusual gathering at CERN in Switzerland. Commentator Stuart Kauffman was at the center of the action and takes us on a journey through the ideas that led up to this meeting of the minds.
A zygote begins its journey to expression in the form of a human being.
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February 11, 2013 Conrad H. Waddington helped unite population genetics and developmental biology, laying the foundations for systems biology. Commentator Stuart Kauffman says Waddington was more than merely brilliant; he was human.
The United States Supreme Court: a temple to complexity and self-reinforcing feedback loops?
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January 22, 2013 The symbiosis between law and power is fractal in nature and can be found at all levels of hierarchy in the legal system. Laws enable new strategy spaces for actors within the system. Creative actors seek adjacent-possible actions within the prevailing legal environment to achieve their desired ends.
Climate activists at a rally in Doha on December 1, 2012.
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December 7, 2012 The urgency of taking action on climate change couldn't be higher, according to commentators Asim Zia and Stuart Kauffman. New laws and incentives at all governance levels, however, could trigger an economic transformation that would ensure climate security.
November 19, 2012 Commentator Stuart Kauffman outlines the findings of a paper he co-authored in the journal PLOS ONE that questions the FDA's total commitment to "randomized controlled trials" for drug testing when he says an alternative called "Team Learning" may be more effective in some cases.
October 1, 2012 Commentator Stuart Kauffman says we need to invent new techniques to investigate multi-factorial causality in medicine. It's the second in a series of posts that will dive into this topic.
September 3, 2012 The path to better medical treatments may require us to rethink how we carry out the testing of new therapies, argues commentator Stuart Kauffman.
Applying Newtonian thinking is wrong when it comes to the evolution of life and culture.
August 20, 2012 Applying Newtonian thinking is wrong when it comes to the evolution of life and — even more certainly — the evolution of the economy, law and culture. No laws predefine this evolution.
August 13, 2012 Commentator Stuart Kauffman feels that the courage and integrity of an earlier age has been replaced by something else, something less admirable, in today's society.
August 6, 2012 Would you rather be a great scientist or a great artist? What knowledge do you thirst for most? Is it the grounded examinations of facts and reality that science offers, or the wild, unpredictable adventures of the human soul?
July 9, 2012 Entrepreneurs are just one part of the organic machine that is Silicon Valley. Replicating the Valley's success isn't possible without bringing all of the pieces together in a symbiotic system.
July 2, 2012 The evolution that started with cellular organisms continues in a new venue with the growth in complexity of electronic devices and networks.
June 25, 2012 Mandatory sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine disproportionately affected black people. Why? Caryn Devins and Stuart Kauffman argue that simple laws introduced into complex networks, such as our legal system, produce unintended consequences.