Madison Chaos and Complex Systems Seminar

Fall 2018 Seminars

All seminars are Tuesday at 12:05 pm in 4274 Chamberlin Hall except as noted. Refreshments will be served.

Short List


October 2, 2018

Some half-baked philosophy of mathematics

Moe Hirsch, UW Department of Mathematics

October 9, 2018

Competence for testing, and the narrative structure for diagnosing autism spectrum disorder

Doug Maynard, UW Department of Sociology

October 30, 2018

Jevons paradox, economic EROI and r- and K-selection

Tim Allen, UW Department of Botany

Complexity demands more than one level of analysis. Rate-dependent and rate-independent descriptions yield contradictory  accounts of resource use.  In termites we see flipping between prudent frugal consumption and profligate waste depending how the analyst addresses poses the system at more than one level of analysis. All this can be expressed as a fractal response surface of increasing frugality. Wood dwelling cockroaches, wood dwelling termites, twig gathering termites and soil eating cockroaches. Most of the biomass is in twig gathering but 60% of species are soil eating.