Episode 137: Keep Your Pants On, Monkey Brain

Our world is complex! What a no-brainer, right? Turns out we haven’t always thought about it quite this way, though, and many of us still tend to want to simplify the world, especially around the tried-and-true model of the tree. How does thinking about the world this way bias us? What can we learn from a complex, network model of the world? What does complexity have to do with intelligence? And most importantly, why the hell do we put pants on in the morning? This episode Kevin, John Elliot, Numero Uno Fanboy Matt Epperson, and I explore these questions, prompted mainly by the works of Manuel Lima. Have a listen!

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This Week’s Postshow Song Pimpage:
“Monkeys in Space” by Billy Childish and Sexton Ming

Show Notes:
Manuel Lima – “The Power of Networks” (RSA Animate)
Manuel Lima – “The Power of Networks” (full original talk)
Visual Complexity: Mapping Patterns of Information (Amazon)
VisualComplexity.com
“1491” by Charles C. Mann
“Visualizing my Facebook Network” by Stephen Torrence
Amazon’s $23,698,655.93 book about flies

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