Madison Chaos and Complex Systems Seminar

Summer 2021 Discussions

At the seminar on May 5, 2015, we decided to make our long-standing summer discussions slightly more formal by having a topic, a facilitator, and a web-accessible reading or video. The reading or video should take no more than 20 minutes, and the facilitator should be prepared to give at most a 5-minute introduction to the topic and lead the ensuing discussion. All discussions are Tuesday noon on the Memorial Union Terrace (under the  big tree, or in Lakeview Lounge in the event of bad weather). Anyone interested in facilitating a topic should contact Peter Sobol.

Short List


July 6, 2021

Topic: The future of the seminars and vaccine hesitancy

Facilitator: Myrna Casebolt

Reading: None

July 13, 2021

Topic: Bitcoin: pros and cons

Facilitator: Jeff Mattox

Reading: None

July 20, 2021

Topic: Moral foundations theory

Facilitator: Myrna Casebolt

Reading: Critical Thinking Concepts

July 27, 2021

Topic: Crypto currency Q and A conversation

Facilitator: Karen Holden

Reading: 'Once in a century’ bid to remake the U.S. dollar

August 3, 2021

Topic: Experiments that failed

Facilitator: Damien Wilson

Reading: Failed experiments and N-rays

August 10, 2021

Topic: More experiments that failed

Facilitator: Clint Sprott

Reading: N-rays and The Piltdown Man

August 17, 2021

Topic: Pros and cons of working from home

Facilitator: Jeff Mattox

Reading: Working from Home Doesn't Work

August 24, 2021

Topic: Artificial Intelligence

Facilitator: Peter Sobol

Reading: Why its Hard to Give Computers Common Sense

August 30, 2021

Topic: Gatekeeping in the absence of hard science

Facilitator: Blaise Thompson

Reading: Navigating Uncertainty: Gatekeeping in the Absence of Hard Science

September 7, 2021

Topic: The placebo effect

Facilitator: Peter Sobol

Reading: A Comprehensible Review of the Placebo Effect

September 14, 2021

Topic: Hypnosis

Facilitator: Russ Gardner

Reading: Anecdotal Impressions of Hypnosis