Andi's Factor Game
Two weeks ago, my friend Andi messaged me about a mathematical game she had invented. She was so excited to share it. She had coded up a...
You can win the Electoral College with 22% of the vote
Donald Trump is poised to become the next US president, despite the fact that Hillary Clinton received over a million more votes than him (...
Information and Structure in Complex Systems
Eight years ago, I had finished my first year of graduate school in math, and I was at a loss as to what to research. My original focus, d...
The time the cops pulled their guns on me
This post is not about science. I'm writing this because the horrific news out of Ferguson, Missouri—the killing of an unarmed man ...
Brian Arthur's vision of Complexity Economics
My friend Daria Roithmayr alerted me to a working paper of Brian Arthur laying out a vision for a new approach to studying economics. Br...
How natural processes can create meaning
The project of science is largely about asking why things happen. We seek causal explanations: Why do planets follow elliptical orbits? W...
What's the deal with inclusive fitness theory?
You may not be aware of it, but there is a battle afoot in the theory of evolution. The fight is over inclusive fitness theory—an approach...
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