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Complexity

Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity

Pam Nochlin | Posted 10.06.2014 | Books
Pam Nochlin

According to Alan and Irene, "Complexity has a dramatic, negative impact on people's lives and robs us of time, patience understanding, money and optimism."

The Power of Moral Complexity

Peter T. Coleman, PhD | Posted 11.17.2014 | Politics
Peter T. Coleman, PhD

In these times of Red state and Blue state hyperbole, of Fox News versus MSNBC, when our government is divided and often unable to address our more serious problems effectively, the first step toward remedies must be a recognition of the complex times in which we live.

Why We Reach for Guns

Kirsten Larson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Kirsten Larson

My father was gone two weeks when a man I didn't know -- my mother's new boyfriend -- pushed the butt of a .22 rifle onto my right shoulder and with his big, dirty fingers folded my slender 4-year-old finger onto the trigger

The Myth of 'The One Thing' And Why 3 Is Better

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 07.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Lisa Earle McLeod

The human mind hates complexity. When something goes wrong, we want to know the cause, and we want it to be simple. But success or failure is never one thing: It's lots of things.

THE UNIVERSE IS COMPLEX

Richard Koch | Posted 06.15.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

Last week I argued that the universe was simple. But this is not the whole truth. The laws of the universe are simple and symmetrical, but if we tr...

Phenomenology in the Real World: From Default Thinking to Sensemaking

Max Benavidez | Posted 05.24.2014 | Business
Max Benavidez

By taking the holistic nature of cultural context and its relationship to emotional resonance regarding products and how and why we make decisions, Madsbjerg and Rasmussen developed what they call the sensemaking method.

Humans vs. Other Animals: Why Are We Still Debating?

Ted Cadsby | Posted 05.13.2014 | Science
Ted Cadsby

Research in comparative psychology reveals that behavioral traits once considered unique to humans are, in fact, shared with other animals, including cognitively sophisticated ones such as deception and self control.

It's Time for Business to Earn a License to Lead

Paul Polman | Posted 03.24.2014 | Business
Paul Polman

Permissible growth in the future has to be based on sustainable and equitable models. Having acquired a license to operate, it's time for business to earn a license to lead.

The Crises of Complexity

Terry Newell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Terry Newell

The astronomer Carl Sagan was once asked why, if the possibility of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe was so large, we had never been contact...

What Do You Do When Death Is a Relief?

Ben Michaelis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ben Michaelis, Ph.D.

Death is a complicated subject and something that we all must come to terms with in our own ways. There is no "right way" to grieve. Instead there are different approaches to making sense of loss.

How to Get Answers From Your Boss... Without Asking Questions

Edward Muzio | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Edward Muzio

You don't have to change your boss, your job, or your personality -- only your approach.

Are We Becoming a World Civilization?

Shastri Purushotma | Posted 11.17.2013 | Religion
Shastri Purushotma

The past century has seen an unprecedented shift toward entirely new levels of organization at the global level, and this change seems only to be accelerating. Could we be crossing another major threshold in human evolution?

'Fixing' Technology Complexity on Wall Street: No More Whack-a-Mole

Dave Lauer | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Dave Lauer

While supporters of the current system like to brush off criticism of our new electronic stock markets as the dinosaurs' last gasp, they fail to recognize that the public itself has started to share these concerns.

You May Not Believe in Ghosts, But Are You Scared of Them?

Peter Rollins | Posted 05.23.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

The central scandal of Christianity is an invitation to give up such superstitious certainties at a material level and fully embrace the world without unconscious religious support.

The Great Matrix of Being

William Grassie | Posted 04.28.2013 | Religion
William Grassie

While there is no Great Chain of Being, as the medievals understood it, there is most definitely a Great Matrix to which all beings belong.

The Most Important Skill You Have (But Are Probably Ignoring)

Edward Muzio | Posted 03.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Edward Muzio

We know that the key to positively influencing adult behavior lies in getting individuals to practice existing skills in novel contexts. Our solution, therefore, is simple: We must take our existing complex thinking and problem-solving skills and use them more often.

Blood Ain't What It Used to Be

John Corso | Posted 12.03.2012 | Detroit
John Corso

How can a substance that denotes death have such spectacular beauty? When we overcome -- or lose -- the cultural tendency to recoil from violence, we see blood's beauty and we marvel at splatter patterns, which recall astronomical formations.

WATCH: Army Ants In Creepy Suicide Ritual

Posted 03.29.2012 | Science

By now, you may know that lemmings don't really commit mass suicide. But did you know that ants sometimes do? In the video above, a few dozen army ant...

Embrace Complexity to Respect Community Rights

Scott Poynton | Posted 11.09.2011 | Green
Scott Poynton

Villagers do often fight to save forests but sometimes, they fight to have them cleared too! Yes, the reality is not always as simple as we like to depict.

Why Best Practices Are Hard to Practice

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Why do some organizations succeed at utilizing processes and tools developed elsewhere while others fail?

David McCandless: The Beauty of Data Visualization

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
TEDTalks

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Beware Self-Inflicted Complexity

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Cross-posted from Harvard Business Online If you've read the papers lately, it sounds like "complexity" is the explanation for many of the world's p...

Causing What It's Meant to Prevent

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig K. Comstock

Can we continue to focus on one crisis at a time (oil in the gulf, trouble in Afghanistan, reform of the financial industry) while assuming that a fragile and complex nuclear system will continue to protect us?

Stephen Wolfram: Computing a Theory of Everything

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
TEDTalks

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Tinariwen Simplicity in the District of Complexity

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Pavel Somov, Ph.D.

I have been a fan of Tinariwen (a band of nomadic exile musicians of Tuareg descent) for exactly as long as I have been listening to them, i.e. for ab...