Thomas Homer-Dixon

33 results found for: Complexity

November 15th, 2014 —

Today’s Butterfly Effect Is Tomorrow’s Trouble

Around the world, national institutions and political systems are designed to deal with single-cause problems and incremental and reversible change. But the world ain’t like that any more. Take a problem like climate change. Its causes are many and tangled; the climate system has flipped from one state to another in the past, and could do so again under human pressure; and once it flips, we won’t be able to get the old climate back.

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August 6th, 2014 —

A Complex Systems Approach to the Study of Ideology: Cognitive-Affective Structures and the Dynamics of Belief Systems

Journal of Social and Political Psychology 1 No. 1, (2014): 337–363. Co-authored with Jonathan Leader Maynard, Matto Mildenberger, Manjana Milkoreit, Steven Mock, Stephen Quilley, Tobias Schröder, and Paul Thagard. We describe and illustrate a new method of graphically diagramming disputants’ points of view called cognitive-affective mapping. The products of this method—cognitive-affective maps (CAMs)—represent an individual’s [...]

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December 24th, 2011 —

We’re Losing Our Past to Technology

An op-ed in the Toronto Globe and Mail
Today’s information technology is creating what we might call an Age of Ephemera. Our unprecedented ability to store and transfer gargantuan amounts of information obscures this information’s modern fragility.

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June 7th, 2011 —

Video: Civilization Far from Equilibrium: Energy, Complexity, and Human Survival

“Civilization Far from Equilibrium: Energy, Complexity, and Human Survival,” Equinox Summit—Energy 2030, Perimeter Institute, Waterloo, Ontario. View the presentation.

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March 1st, 2011 —

Podcast: Wicked Problems & Solutions

Radio Ecoshock Podcast: “Wicked Problems & Solutions.” Normal approaches to science and policy cannot solve wicked problems, like climate change, energy scarcity, or economic crisis.

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September 19th, 2010 —

Podcast: Risk, uncertainty and transformation in a time of crisis

September 19th, 2010, interview with Eric Paglia of Think Globally Radio, Stockholm, Sweden, on “Risk, uncertainty, and transformation in a time of crisis.”

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May 5th, 2010 —

Complexity Science and Public Policy

On May 5, 2010, I had the honour of giving the Manion Lecture for the Canada School of Public Service, in Ottawa, Canada. The article is a revised text of the lecture, titled “Complexity Science and Public Policy.”

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May 5th, 2010 —

Video: Complexity Science and Public Policy

“Complexity Science and Public Policy,” Canada School of Public Service, Manion Lecture, Ottawa, Ontario. View the presentation.

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June 1st, 2009 —

The Newest Science: Replacing Physics, Ecology Will Be the Master Science of the 21st Century

In June, an article titled “The Newest Science,” appearing in Alternatives Journal, argues that while physics was the master science of the 20th century, ecology will be the master science of the 21st century.

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March 24th, 2009 —

Podcast: Terrence McNally interview with Thomas Homer-Dixon on his book, The Upside of Down

In 2006, Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of Canada’s #1 bestseller, The Upside of Down, wrote, “September 11th and Katrina won’t be the last time we walk out of our cities.” Whether from economic collapse, terrorism, climate change, pandemic, energy scarcity, or the widening gap between rich and poor, he believes breakdown is inevitable. And if we [...]

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