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Like layers in a pizza, each layer of material organization in Nature needs to be understood on its own terms and cannot be reduced to a base that explains the whole.
July 3, 2013 Reductionism, science's "divide and conquer" approach, has done a lot; but Nature's complexity calls for a complementary approach based on a variety of new laws. Else, says Marcelo Gleiser, we have a slim hope of describing how life or the brain work.
Kind of cute. But pretty stupid. A scale model of a baby sauropod in its egg.
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June 19, 2013 The diversity of life on Earth, and its ever-growing complexity, leads many people to think that there must be a purpose to its existence. Commentator Marcelo Gleiser argues that, quite the contrary, the only purpose of life is to preserve itself. There is no hidden hand behind it all.
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.
June 2, 2010 As a technological society we have evolved to the point that we are, literally, playing in much deeper waters. At these scales we must understand that failure is very much an option.
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