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OT 2/5/09 Are We There Yet? (how about now?)

Santa Fe Institute.   Rather innocuous title, it's a think tank.  From their website:

"...emphasizing multi-disciplinary collaboration in pursuit of understanding the common themes that arise in natural, artificial, and social systems.

Listed topics of research range from war time sexual violence to the dynamics and quantitative studies of human behavior and institutions,  or the physics of complex systems if you'd like.

What's interesting about this group is their approach. 

"As many as 50 scientists and researchers can be accommodated at SFI for visits of varying intervals of time. While there are no permanent faculty, there is a mix of residential research professors (up to six-year appointments), postdoctoral fellows, graduate students, visitors, and external faculty members. SFI considers itself an "institute without walls."

Maybe you are participating in a research project.  Right now!  Ever thought about that?

Perhaps this approach isn't exactly unique within the scientific community, but how many think scientific think tanks claim the membership of Cormac McCarthy?  I'd love to know just what he's bringing to that table. 

Have a look at these beauties!  Check out the vintage one atmosphere suits, insane! (have a nice day at the office!).

My gaming experience ended with N64 GoldenEye, which wasn't a bad place to stop I guess.  Online gaming has a sweet siren song... but that topic doesn't need prompting from me.  Or movies, done to death, soooo five minutes ago.

And I've can't help but throw this little gem in the stew.  It's got furries, Mark McGuire, and widespread panic!  Makes me laugh every time.

 

 

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