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August 13, 2012 Commentator Stuart Kauffman feels that the courage and integrity of an earlier age has been replaced by something else, something less admirable, in today's society.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.
June 18, 2012 Is the law a simple series of individual rules acting discretely on society? Or is it a complex web shaping our nation in unforeseen and destructive ways? Commentators Caryn Devins and Stuart Kauffman see trouble in our legal system.
June 4, 2012 How old we really are, with accumulated wisdom if we will be wise enough to heed it.
May 21, 2012 An oral tradition passed down through the generations over thousands of years lives on in modern Finland as the Kalevala. Commentator Stuart Kauffman is moved by the ancient tale's creation myth.
May 7, 2012 Commentator Stuart Kauffman says it's time we return the ancient art of rhetoric to its rightful place in society.
A father and his two sons consulting the oracles of Apollo at Delphi in ancient Greece, circa 600 B.C.
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April 23, 2012 Commentator Stuart Kauffman argues that there is more to life than science. He says that we can't know everything, especially what will happen in the future.
April 16, 2012 Why is Darwin's "bank of life" tangled? Because, in part, the "arrival of the fittest" is sufficiently likely. Adaptation is able to happen only because of this. Selection winnows, as the wag said, but the abundant possibilities of the ways of life yields the arrival of the fittest.
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