The Path to Economic Growth According to Complexity Researchers at NECSI

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The Path to Economic Growth According to Complexity Researchers at NECSI

We recently interviewed complexity scientist, professor, and founding president of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI), Yaneer Bar-Yam. Professor Bar-Yam talked with us about a new research paper published by NECSI entitled, Preliminary Steps Toward a Universal Economic Dynamics for Monetary and Fiscal Policy. Bar-Yam, along with researchers, Jean Langlois-Meurinne, Mari Kawakatsu, and Rodolfo Garcia wrote this paper to explore why it took such a long time for our economy to achieve economic growth after the most recent financial crisis in 2008.

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Dr. Rick Hanson on Hardwiring Happiness

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Dr. Rick Hanson on Hardwiring Happiness

We recently shared our two-part podcast interview (episode 64 & 65) with best-selling author and psychologist, Dr. Rick Hanson. We discovered Dr. Hanson through his most recent book titled, Hardwiring Happiness, which is a New York Times Bestseller about “the hidden power of everyday positive experiences to change your brain–and therefore your life–for the better”. After reading his book from cover to cover, we were very impressed with the way Dr. Hanson explained the human brain as a complex system. He specifically addressed the brain’s two very different settings or modes, which ultimately determine how we deal with everyday experiences.

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Dr. Robert Burton On Being Certain

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Dr. Robert Burton On Being Certain

In our recent podcast episode, we shared our in-depth interview with neurologist and author, Dr. Robert Burton. We reached out to Dr. Burton after reading an article he wrote for Aeon Digital Magazine titled, Our World Outsmarts Us. The article showcased Dr. Burton’s intellectual curiosity and humility as he addressed the idea that our human brains are perhaps more limited than we have assumed. He argued that our social problems have become immensely complex and that many of our current challenges result “in part from a basic lack of ability to sense how the present world works”. His assessment on our mental limitations originally stem from his book, On Being Certain, in which he explored the paradoxical relationship between our thoughts and what we actually know. Dr. Burton has researched the concept of certainty with the use of medical data, experiments and personal stories. His lifelong research has led him to question many present-day assumptions about the human mind, but his discoveries on the feeling of certainty are especially fascinating. He has described certainty as a mental sensation which happens to us and has claimed we cannot make it happen.

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Dr. Louann Brizendine on Modern Life & the Female Brain

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Dr. Louann Brizendine on Modern Life & the Female Brain

Angie and I were thrilled when we were given the opportunity to speak with Dr. Brizendine on the HumanCurrent. We had previously read “The Female Brain” as a part of our office book club, and after having some rich and interesting discussions about it, our team felt deeply inspired by her research and desired to learn more. We collaborated together to craft some of our curious questions for Dr. Brizendine. We wanted to know more about how modern-day life affects the female brain because we are an office of mostly females, who recognize the struggle to find balance in work, home, and personal life.

So, one of the questions we decided to ask Dr. Brizendine in our interview with her was, how does she think modern-day life has influenced the female brain? 

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An Experience with the Institute of Noetic Sciences

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An Experience with the Institute of Noetic Sciences

Noetic science is described as “a multidisciplinary field that brings objective scientific tools and techniques together with subjective inner knowing to study the full range of human experiences”. So much of the work at IONS is research-based, but they also incorporate a broad range of human capability that go beyond science, like imagination and intuition, into their mission. IONS holds space for understanding that the relationship between the physical and the nonphysical is far more complex than we might have imagined. 

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Understanding Unintended Consequences with Yaneer Bar-Yam

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Understanding Unintended Consequences with Yaneer Bar-Yam

Several weeks ago, we aired the second half of our interview with Professor Yaneer Bar-Yam as a part of our podcast series on the complexity of the environment. Bar-Yam shared with us how quickly unintended consequences can ripple throughout our global systems. He provided us with examples, including some fascinating research he conducted with his school, The New England Complex Systems Institute, on the causes of increasing global food prices.

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An Introduction to Professor Yaneer Bar-Yam

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An Introduction to Professor Yaneer Bar-Yam

Recently, we shared our podcast interview with Yaneer Bar-Yam who is a complexity scientist, researcher, author, professor, and founder of the New England Complex Systems Institute (NECSI). Yaneer received his SB and PhD in Physics from MIT and has an extensive background in using principles and insights from complex systems science to better the world. He is the author of two fantastic books: a textbook called Dynamics of Complex Systems and Making Things Work, which applies complex systems science to solving problems in healthcare, education, systems engineering, international development, and ethnic conflict. He is also the author of over 200 research papers in professional journals and has 3 patents.

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