A Change is Gonna Come: How Systems Evolve - Interintellect Salon

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In his second Interintellect Salon, fellow Interintellect Bryan Kam explores how systems evolve, from phase transitions to revolutions

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"The Big Bang. The formation of our solar system. The origins of life on Earth. The Great Oxidation Event. Multicellularity. The Cambrian Explosion. The "Big Five" extinctions. The explosion in human brain size. The birth of Ritual, of Language, of Agriculture. The Bronze Age Collapse, the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, the spread of the monotheistic religions. The Mongol Invasions, the Renaissance, the French Revolution. Industrialisation. The invention of the telegraph. The World Wars. Silicon Valley. The globally interconnected and interdependent world we live in today.

What can we say about the most dramatic periods of change in history, when we expand history to include the perspective of astrophysics, evolution, biology, anthropology, and history, right up to the current developments in complexity theory and machine learning?

Is equilibrium the right way to view nature? Do step-changes in complexity have characteristics in common across such wildly different domains and timespans? Are such increases inevitable? Are they accelerating? Can we identify patterns in the conditions that produce them, or in the conditions that follow them?

There are decades when nothing happens, and weeks when decades happen... This salon will look at the weeks when decades happen." - Salon host Bryan Kam

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    • 9 pm in London
    • 10pm in Berlin

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