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posted 20. May 2003 08:59
The International Society for
Web society unravels complex theories
Artificial life, cellular automata, chaos, criticality, evolutionary computation, fractals, parallel computation and self-organization are all parts of complex systems. But the study of complex theory is not restricted to scientists in white lab coats or deep thinkers. The field of complex systems cuts across all traditional disciplines of science, as well as engineering, management and medicine.
The International Society for Complexity, Information, and Design is a cross-disciplinary professional society that investigates complex systems apart from external, programmatic constraints like materialism, naturalism or reductionism. The society is a fully Web-driven non-profit organization that provides a forum for free and uncensored inquiry into complex systems.
The day-to-day operation of the society centers on the “Archive,” to which members and nonmembers may submit articles. Once articles are posted to the archive, members may append comments. At the author’s request, after three months on the archive, articles passed on by the editorial board enter the society’s quarterly online peer-reviewed journal, Progress in Complexity, Information, and Design.
In addition to the archive and journal, the society sponsors various conferences and other programs. They have featured online chats with David Chalmers, Stuart Kauffman, William Dembski, and others. Online student workshops and book discussions with other relevant science-and-religion scholars also occur on the Web site. The society sponsors annual essay contests for undergraduate students in honor of Michael Polanyi and a graduate essay contest in honor of John von Neumann.
The society is currently looking for a student intern for the summer. The internship requires at least two years of college-level education. More information is available on the ISCID Web site.
In the future, members of the society hope to develop a Metanexus Local Societies Initiative local reading group in Princeton, N.J. The group would focus on such diverse issues as the philosophy of mind and consciousness and teleological conceptions of biology. A conference in Princeton, N.J., which will center around the upcoming edited collection Debating Design: From Darwin to DNA, is also in the works.
For more information, visit www.iscid.org
or contact ISCID, 66 Witherspoon Street, Suite 1800; Princeton, NJ 08542;