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Newswise: It’s Not You, It’s the Network
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    12-Aug-2019 11:00 AM EDT

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It’s Not You, It’s the Network

Santa Fe Institute

The result of the 2016 US presidential election was, for many, a surprise lesson in social perception bias — peoples’ tendency to assume that others think as we do, and to underestimate the size and influence of a minority party. Long documented in psychological literature, a panoply of social perception biases play out differently in different contexts. Many psychologists attribute the source of these biases to faulty cognitive processes like “wishful thinking” or “social projection,” but according to a study published August 12 in Nature Human Behaviour, the structure of our social networks might offer a simpler explanation.

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9-Aug-2019 3:05 PM EDT
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Newswise: Three concepts from complexity could play a big role in social animal research

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Three concepts from complexity could play a big role in social animal research

Santa Fe Institute

A new paper in Animal Behaviour lays out three concepts from complex systems science that could advance studies into animal social complexity.

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1-Aug-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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How random tweaks in timing can lead to new game theory strategies

Santa Fe Institute

Most game theory models don’t reflect the relentlessly random timing of the real world. In a new paper, two economists and a physicist model what happens when players receive information or act at random times, which could make a big difference in decision-making.

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24-Jul-2019 11:05 AM EDT
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Newswise: A new normal: Study explains universal pattern in fossil record
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    26-Jun-2019 2:00 PM EDT

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A new normal: Study explains universal pattern in fossil record

Santa Fe Institute

Instead of the typical bell-shaped curve, the fossil record shows a fat-tailed distribution, with extreme, outlier, events occurring with higher-than-expected probability. Using the same mathematical tools that describe stock market crashes, Santa Fe Institute scientists explain the evolutionary dynamics that give rise to universal patterns in the fossil record.

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23-Jun-2019 9:05 PM EDT
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From there to here: 2019 InterPlanetary Festival connects frontiers of space to terrestrial challenges

Santa Fe Institute

Leading scientists and sci-fi authors convene in Santa Fe, NM to discuss how to sustain human civilization, on and beyond Earth. Select panel discussions will stream live from the June 14-16 festival.

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3-Jun-2019 3:45 PM EDT
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Newswise: 'Pedigree Is Not Destiny' When It Comes to Scholarly Success
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    29-Apr-2019 3:00 PM EDT

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'Pedigree Is Not Destiny' When It Comes to Scholarly Success

Santa Fe Institute

A new analysis of academic productivity finds researchers' current working environments better predict their future success than the prestige of their doctoral training.

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26-Apr-2019 4:05 PM EDT
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Newswise: Group decisions: When more information isn't necessarily better
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    21-Apr-2019 8:05 PM EDT

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Group decisions: When more information isn't necessarily better

Santa Fe Institute

Modular -- or cliquey -- group structure isolates the flow of communication between individuals, which might seem counterproductive to survival. But for some animal groups, more information isn't necessarily better, according to new SFI research published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

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18-Apr-2019 11:05 AM EDT
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Newswise: At last, acknowledging royal women's political power

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At last, acknowledging royal women's political power

Santa Fe Institute

Across the globe in a variety of societies, royal women found ways to advance the issues they cared about and advocate for the people important to them as detailed in a recent paper published in the Journal of Archaeological Research.

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16-Apr-2019 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 710939

The cost of computation

Santa Fe Institute

There's been a rapid resurgence of interest in understanding the energy cost of computing. Recent advances in this "thermodynamics of computation" are summarized in a new review published in the Journal of Physics A.

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8-Apr-2019 11:05 AM EDT
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