Science in a Complex World: Take a look at city life on the urban continuum
Scott Ortman. Courtesy Santa Fe Institute
- About the series
The Santa Fe Institute is a private, nonprofit, independent research and education center founded in 1984, where top researchers from around the world gather to study and understand the theoretical foundations and patterns underlying the complex systems that are most critical to human society — economies, ecosystems, conflict, disease, human social institutions and the global condition. This column is part of a series written by researchers at the Santa Fe Institute and published in The New Mexican.
Posted: Sunday, March 2, 2014 8:45 pm
Over the past few centuries, human societies have changed dramatically. We travel, make things, treat illnesses and communicate in ways our ancestors could have never imagined.
All this has led some to conclude that human societies are fundamentally different today than they were in the past, but I’m not so sure. Some research I’ve been doing lately suggests just the opposite: Our technologies might have changed in amazing ways, but our societies still follow some of the same basic rules that shaped ancient civilizations.
Sunday, March 2, 2014 8:45 pm.