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May 21, 2019 7:30 PM
Towards Understanding of Aging

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May 21, 2019 7:30 PM


Lensic Performing Arts Center


Santa Fe Institute Presents:
Towards an Understanding of Aging, Adaptation and the Arrow of Time


Tickets will be available on Thursday, April 25th at 10 AM.

While time and age in standard dynamical systems are treated as simple clocks that run at a constant rate, the human experience of age is measured by consequences that are often punctuated by transitions and discrete events, which reflect the evolution of tradeoffs in robustness versus fragility, impacting strength, health, and cognition. In this lecture, Jean Carlson illustrates the interplay between biological aging, adaptation, and the arrow of time through examples taken from her work in a five-year Santa Fe Institute research theme, sponsored by the James S. McDonnell Foundation. The goal is to identify pathways promoting healthy aging, adaptation, and resilience to formulate a new concept of complex time. Carlson is Professor of Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara and External Faculty Member at SFI. Her research focuses on fundamental principles underlying complexity in natural and technological systems. Carlson’s group is unique in the breadth of applications studied, including brains, bones, the immune system, the microbiome, communication and transportation systems, and natural disasters. What ties these projects together is development and application of a coherent underlying systems-theory,emphasizing identification of mechanisms and cause-and-effect relationships, and constraints and limitations based on inherent uncertainties, all amidst a complex, dynamic environment.

Free, but tickets are required. General admission.

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