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Todd Reeves

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Attention: Past MOOC Participants

We are educational researchers at Northern Illinois University conducting a study about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). We are looking for past MOOC participants to be part of the study. Participation in the research involves completion of an online survey that should take approximately one hour. 

Participation requires that an individual has previously participated in a MOOC. Participants can enter a raffle for 1 of 2 Apple TVs or 1 of 15 $20 gift certificates. 

We would be grateful if you would participate in our study, or if you could disseminate the link to individuals who are eligible. Full information about this study can be accessed here: https://niu.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_2uDHSmnJGZnYWPj

*The survey is best completed on a personal computer (e.g., laptop, desktop), rather than a mobile/cell phone.*

Sincerely,
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Amy Stich, Ph.D (astich@niu.edu)
Northern Illinois University
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Upcoming free online courses from the Santa Fe Institute:  Three courses (two brand new!) starting September 29, open to all: Introduction to Complexity; Nonlinear Dynamics: Mathematical and Computational Approaches; Mathematics for Complex Systems. For more information, and to enroll, go to http://complexityexplorer.org
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Just signed up for both. Thanks Melanie.
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the best explanation of complex numbers and fractals so far i had.
step by step, through glassy visual geometric models, AND using down to earth layman language
http://acko.net/blog/how-to-fold-a-julia-fractal/
A tale of numbers that like to turn: a different look at complex numbers and the strange things they do.
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Awesome, thanks for sharing :)
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Jon Lawhead

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"The following theses will be elaborated on: (a) The whole is at the same time more and less than its parts; (b) We must abandon the term "object" for systems because all the objects are systems and parts of systems; (c) System and organization are the two faces of the same reality; (d) Eco-systems illustrate self-organization."
 
"The following theses will be elaborated on: (a) The whole is at the same time more and less than its parts; (b) We must abandon the term "object" for systems because all the objects are systems and parts of systems; (c) System and organization are the two faces of the same reality; (d) Eco-systems illustrate self-organization."
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Theodore Hoppe

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We read the headlines about the unrest in places like Ukraine but does the media provide us with an understanding of what drives these protest? "The way the global food system works right now, with wheat, corn, and rice traded globally as commodities, domestic food production doesn't necessarily guarantee a population will get enough to eat. " How do the policies of the USA contribute to the problem? "Whether or not the prices will drop, he says, hinges largely on US and European policy decisions." http://lnkd.in/d8hGktZ less
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Hi Everyone!
There was an existing facebook group from January 2013 called "Introduction to Complexity course"... are people on that too? I am wondering if they can be linked maybe? It's nice that this one is public!
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yeah I think that's the one! facebook doesn't work on my laptop, but the same numbers appear in part of my mobile facebook page. The moderator is Javier Sandoval I think. Melanie Mitchell was on it too!
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John Graves
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Looking forward to the second Santa Fe Institute MOOC: Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos with Dave Feldman
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Clive Parfitt

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03ls154/In_Our_Time_Complexity/

This may not be downloadable from all countries, but available on iTunes podcasts.

Melvyn Bragg and his guests discuss complexity and how it can help us understand the world around us. When living beings come together and act in a group, they do so in complicated and unpredictable ways: societies often behave very differently from the individuals within them. Complexity was a phenomenon little understood a generation ago, but research into complex systems now has important applications in many different fields, from biology to political science. Today it is being used to explain how birds flock, to predict traffic flow in cities and to study the spread of diseases.

With:

Ian Stewart Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the University of Warwick

Jeff Johnson Professor of Complexity Science and Design at the Open University

Professor Eve Mitleton-Kelly Director of the Complexity Research Group at the London School of Economics.
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Thanks for your advice, I will try 
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John Graves
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Live streaming of a conference on Managing Complexity. 5th Global Drucker Forum - Vienna. 14/15 November 2013.

Register for Live Streaming:
http://www.druckerforum.org/2013/special-pages/registration-live-stream/

Program:
http://www.druckerforum.org/2013/the-event/program/

Abstract of talk by Don Tapscott:
http://goo.gl/Lr1yc8
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Discussion of courses taught at the Santa Fe Institute Complexity Explorer. "Introduction to Complexity" with Melanie Mitchell. "Introduction to Dynamical Systems and Chaos" with Dave Feldman.
 
Since I do not see much legal scholarship in action at the SFI, I am not sure that the complexity explorer community is interested in the idea that complexity theory may be useful in law, especially when the subject matter for regulation turns out to be a complex adaptive system? Anyway, my PhD student Kunbei Zhang discussed the subject matter of privacy regulation ("the Personal Data Using and Disseminating Community") as a complex adaptive system in the second part of her book. She may well be the first to do so. Dr. Zhang’s book title “Can Chinese Legislation on Informational Privacy benefit from European Experience?” does not convey this message. Nevertheless, I take leave to mention that her book is available since September 16 at Amazon (USA, UK and DE).
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Tom France

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Steven Strogatz's course on Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos, filmed at Cornell and now available on YouTube!
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Theodore Hoppe

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Researchers, policymakers and law enforcement agencies across the globe struggle to find effective strategies to control criminal networks. The effectiveness of disruption strategies is known to depend on both network topology and network resilience. However, as these criminal networks operate in secrecy, data-driven knowledge concerning the effectiveness of different criminal network disruption strategies is very limited. By combining computational modeling and social network analysis with unique criminal network intelligence data from the Dutch Police, we discovered, in contrast to common belief, that criminal networks might even become ‘stronger’, after targeted attacks. On the other hand increased efficiency within criminal networks decreases its internal security, thus offering opportunities for law enforcement agencies to target these networks more deliberately. Our results emphasize the importance of criminal network interventions at an early stage, before the network gets a chance to (re-)organize to maximum resilience. In the end disruption strategies force criminal networks to become more exposed, which causes successful network disruption to become a long-term effort.
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Interesting TED talk from the master.
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John Graves
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Google Books offers previews of some of the recommended readings:

In the Wake of Chaos: Unpredictable Order in Dynamical Systems
 By Stephen H. Kellert

http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=KtkgeB7XOYwC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Chaos: Making a New Science
 By James Gleick

http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=OoLNzl4XpPUC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false

Does God Play Dice?: The New Mathematics of Chaos
 By Ian Stewart

http://books.google.co.nz/books?id=wMhsGlFH80EC&printsec=frontcover#v=onepage&q&f=false
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Write and post reviews to the Goodreads group:
https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/94669-complexity-explorer
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Emlyn Yang

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Ask for help: Within Netlogo, I have 150 patches linked one by one and forms an irregular curve, just like a river.  A turtle "source" stands at the first patch.  I want to create one turtle at each patch along the curve from the "source" to the end. How to code this in netlogo please?  
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sure, I will. Thanks John.
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Josie Gibson

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recode
influencing systems for change
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John Graves
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Just reading about Dragon-kings:

Sornette, Didier, and Guy Ouillon. "Dragon-kings: Mechanisms, statistical methods and empirical evidence." The European Physical Journal Special Topics 205.1 (2012): 1-26.

Does anyone have a link to a simulation system (say, in Netlogo) which produces the Dragon-king behaviour?
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Just signed up for Dynamical Systems & Chaos, starting Jan 6, 2014
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Thanks for posting this +Clive Parfitt. The page where others can enroll is http://www.complexityexplorer.org/ which indicates the instructor for this 8 week course will be David Feldman, Professor of Physics and Mathematics at College of the Atlantic. 

Other Santa Fe Institute open online courses expected in 2014 are listed here:
http://www.complexityexplorer.org/online-courses
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