Category: Announcements

Postgraduate School of Thinking, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

At the most fundamental level many of the problems we face are the unfortunate outcome of the malpractice of thinking. Whichever complex problem one may consider –be it ecological, societal, political, economic, organisational etc.– one will likely find that it is caused by the clashing of incompatible or inadequate manners of thinking. Even when these are genuinely well intended and strongly self-justified, they often inadvertently contribute to composite problematics.
The inadequacies of our thinking are deeply entrenched in the way that we humans, perceive the world, ourselves in the world, and how we interact with it. Our professional, educational, cultural and metaphysical systems strongly dispose us towards outlining sharp boundaries, separating objects from backgrounds, ’us’ from ‘them’, defining identities and curving out what is to be of significance from what can be dismissed, disposed of, or exploited. Such dispositions result in oversimplifications which are often apparent to us in the thinking of others, but much less in our own thinking. Yet, they are omnipresent and almost impossible to avoid. Once cohered by logical reasoning, anchored in captivating symbolism and encoded in algorithms, such simplifications turn into cages: mental, emotional, operational… Moving beyond them becomes literally unthinkable. We may repeat the mantra of ‘thinking outside the box’, we may praise critical, independent, creative and disruptive thinking, but these get deployed only in as far as they prove usable for the affirmation of our respective, deeply rooted worldviews.


Call for Applications: Cátedra Germinal Cocho en Ciencias de la Complejidad (Senior posdoc)

The Center for Complexity Sciences (C3) at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México is seeking candidates for a one year researcher position (extensible for a second year).


The candidates should have more than ten publications in indexed journals and to have directed at least one thesis (doctorate, masters, or bachelors). Projects can be individual or related to current research at the C3.


Proceedings A Special Feature: A Generation of Network Science. Call for papers

On the eve of 20th century, three papers launched the modern Network Science by bringing it to the attention of a wider community of physicists, computer scientists and applied mathematicians. The papers – by Watts and Strogatz [1], Barabasi and Albert [2], and Google founders Brin and Page [3] – introduced “small world networks”, “preferential attachment,” and “PageRank” into the vernacular of network scientists. They showed that simple models could reproduce much of the complexity observed in network structure and that the structure of networks was linked to their function. As we mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of these seminal works, it is time to reflect on the state of Network Science and where the field is headed. What have we learned about networks over the past two decades? How does network structure affect its function? How do we represent networks, predict and control their behavior? How do networks grow and change? What are the limits of our understanding, and finally, what are the important open problems in network science?


Murray Gell-Mann passes away at 89

Though he was best known for his contributions to particle physics, for which he won the 1969 Nobel prize in physics, Gell-Mann wanted to understand the “chain of relationships” that connected the universal laws of physics to complex systems like economies and human cultures. These two extremes of interest he described in his 1994 book, The Quark and the Jaguar, as “two aspects of nature…on the one hand, the underlying physical laws of matter and the universe, and on the other, the rich fabric of the world that we perceive directly and of which we are a part.”


Postdoctoral Fellowships at the Centro de Ciencias de la Complejidad (C3), UNAM

The C3-UNAM announces that each year there will be 2 periods, April-May and December-January, that applications will be received for 2 postdoctoral grants from the UNAM to realize research at the C3-UNAM, starting in September and March, respectively (4 postdoc grants yearly). The purpose of the grants is to realize research in complexity science in one of the following areas: computational intelligence and mathematical modeling, complexity and health, neurosciences, ecological complexity and environment (postdoctoral grants for research in humanistic sciences such as social complexity, and arts, science and complexity will be announced separately), please find the academic programs that are developed at the C3-UNAM in the page:
Technical details for the application are explained in the page:
The grants are for 1 year and renewable for a 2nd year in function of the results obtained.