Murray Gell-Mann was one of the brightest lights not only in physics but in all of science. A modern-day Renaissance man he had, according to current Santa Fe Institute president David Krakauer said Gell Mann, “a mind both cavernous and extensive — animated by the most intense fire of roguish curiosity that I have ever beheld.”
Our immune system has evolved over millions of years into extraordinarily effective forces for fighting off illness. But they’re not perfect. New York Times reporter Matt Richtel tell us how they work, what can go wrong, and what we can do to stay as healthy as possible.
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Are you distracted, unable to read deeply or for more than a few minutes? Are you continually checking your devices? If so, you’re one of millions whose brains have changed because of our technologies. Nicholas Carr is one of the world’s leading experts on how this works–and what we can do.
Our ideas about marriage tend to include assumptions about what is “natural” or “universal”–most of which are not true. Anthropologist Laura Fortunato helps us sort out the diversity of marriage and family traditions throughout the world.
Santa Fe Institute scientist Ross Hammond talks about the “snydemic” of climate change, obesity, and undernourishment—and some solutions that address all three at once.
Anthropologist and best-selling author Wade Davis talks about the knowledge, practices, and wisdom of non-Western societies, and how they can inspire us and help us to solve some of our most series problems—like climate change.
What would it take to make New Mexico a zero carbon emissions, clean/renewable energy state? We talk about bills before the legislature whose purpose is to take the necessary steps over the coming decades toward this goal.
Archaeoastronomy of the last forty years reveals that Native Americans of the Chaco Canyon area were extraordinary astronomers, engineers, and builders–in service of a spirituality. What did it mean, and why did they leave the site? We talk to researcher Anna Sofaer and her colleagues.
Archaeologist Robert L. Kelly talks about the evolution of human society, from tools through culture, agriculture, and government. But what’s next … annihilation or a new world?
Over 2000 children have been taken away from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Hear what a pediatrician and a child development professor have to say about the dangers of this kind of trauma to children and families.