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Complexity Digest. Networking the Complexity Community since 1999. Topical Blog and Weekly Newsletter (Carlos Gershenson).

Discussion Lists

Everything List "The set of all possible universes." Multiverse, ensemble, Many-Worlds discussions. Mathematics, astrophysics. (Wei Dai, Since 1998, 330 members).

Conferences and Workshops

Altenberg Workshops in Theoretical Biology. KLI Evolution and Cognition Research.

American Astronomical Society Conference. Leading organization of professional astronomers in North America. Since 1899. AAS.

American Physical Society Conference. Major physical sciences conference. 12,000 attendees.

Are There Limits to Evolution? 2014. Cambridge U. Interdisc. conference on physical, developmental, genetic, morphological, and other limits to biodiversification.

Astrobiology Graduate Student Conference (AbGradCon) 2012. AbGradCon.

Astrobiology Science Conference (AbSciCon) 2012. NASA.

Darwinian Evolution Across the Disciplines 1999. Interdisc. symposium exploring evolution outside traditional domains, Dartmouth College.

Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Conferences and Workshops. International Council for Science, Paris, France.

Complex Driven Systems: From Statistical Physics to the Life Sciences 2010. Virginia Tech.

Conference on Complex Systems 2017. Produced by the Complex Systems Society. Leading global complexity conference (Formerly European Conf. on Complex Systems).

European Conference on Computing and Philosophy 2009. Affiliate of IACAP, President, Luciano Floridi.

Evolution and Physics: Concepts, Models and Applications (WE Heraeus Seminar) 2008. Ludwig Maximilians Universitat, Munchen.

From Animals to Animats: 11th International Conf. on Simulation of Adaptive Behavior (SAB). International Society for Adaptive Behavior.

Frontiers of Modern Cosmology 2007. Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

1st International Conference on History and Mathematics (World System Cycle and Trend Modeling) 2006. Russian State U. for the Humanities, Moscow.

Human Behavior and Evolution Society, Annual Conference. HBES.

ISN Summer Conference 2009. Institute for the Study of Nature (Emergentism, Systems Theory).

Integrating Evolution, Development & Genomics (IEDG) 2008. Center for Integrative Genomics, UC Berkeley.

International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Systems Sciences (ISSS) 2008. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology.

International Congress on Systematic and Evolutionary Biology (ICSEB) 2008. IOSEB.

International Multi-Conference on Complexity, Informatics and Cybernetics 2010. International Institute of Informatics and Systemics.

International Society for the History Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology 2015. International Society for the History, Philosophy, and Social Studies of Biology.

International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) 2008. International Society for the Systems Sciences.

Joint European Thermodynamics Conference (JETC) 2007. Ecole Nationale Superieure des Mines.

SETI Conference 2012. SETI Institute.

Thermodynamics, Disequilibrium, and Evolution (TDE) Focus Group Workshop 2012. NASA Astrobiology.

UK Astrobioloogy Conference 2013. U. of Edinburgh, Scotland.]

World Multiconference on Systemics, Cybernetics, and Informatics (WMSCI) 2008. International Institute for Informatics and Systemics.

X-Ray Binaries Conference 2012. NASA and Harvard U.


Advances in Complex Systems, multidisciplinary approaches to the study of complex adaptive systems at multiple scales.

Acta Biotheoretica, mathematical and philosophical foundations of biology. Broad scope.

Astrobiology, broad scope of articles on astrobiology and origins of life.

Apeiron, non-traditional, non-mainstream theoretical and experimental hypotheses in physics.

Axiomathes, new perspectives, methods, and models in science, complexity, mathematics, and philosophy. Highly interdisciplinary.

BioEssays, review-and-discussion journal publishing novel ideas, forward-looking reviews, and commentaries on molecular, genetic, cellular and physiological biology.

Biological Cybernetics, experimental, theoretical and application-oriented aspects of information processing in organisms.

Biological Reviews, interdisciplinary, covers the entire range of the biological sciences. Cambridge Philosophical Society.

Biological Theory: Integrating Development, Evolution, and Cognition, eco-evo-devo, cogno-evo-devo, and info-evo-devo relationships. Werner Callebaut, Editor.

Biology & Philosophy, theory and analysis of evolutionary and developmental biology, and social implications. Kim Sterelny, Editor.

Cliodynamics, historical macrosociology, economic history/cliometrics, databases and mathematical modeling of long-term social processes.

Cosmos and History, an open-access journal of natural and social philosophy. Promotes nontraditional and interdisciplinary scholarship.

Cybernetics and Systems, empirical research and models for a range of cybernetic systems, from artificial intelligence to social and economic systems.

Entropy, an international and interdisciplinary open access journal of entropy and information studies.

Evolution & Development, journal of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology.

Evolutionary Ecology, explores biological and social questions at the interface of ecology and evolution.

Evolving Systems, theory, methods, and applications in the study of evolving and self-organizing complex systems. Scientific or technological emphasis.

Foundations of Science, exploring fundamental scientific concepts, principles and problems, with emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach.

IEEE Technology and Society, publication of IEEE Society on the Social Implications of Technology.

Integrative & Comparative Biology, prestigious journal integrating the many disciplines of biology. Annual SICB proceedings.

Interface: Journal of the Royal Society, cross-disciplinary research at the interface of the physical and life sciences.

International Journal of Astrobiology, origins of life, life detection in our solar system and beyond, intelligent life and societal aspects of astrobiology

International Journal of Design and Nature and Ecodynamics, exploring parallels between natural and human design, evolutionary optimization, biomimetics, and complexity.

International Journal of Energy Research, multidisciplinary platform for discussion of issues in global energy research.

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, fostering interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary work across and between the social, natural and applied sciences.

International Journal of Modeling and Optimization, theoretical and experimental modeling at the intersection of modeling and optimization. Singapore.

Journal of Biosemiotics, peer-reviewed research in signs, communications, and information in living organisms.

Journal of Cosmology, new open access international journal for speculative, controversial, and provocative issues in cosmology and astrobiology.

Journal of Difference Equations and Applications, mathematical theory and applications of difference equations in discrete dynamical systems. Broad in scope.

Journal of Evolution and Technology, interdisciplinary journal on all issues relating to the future prospects of the human species and its descendants.

Journal of Evolutionary Biology, covers micro- and macro-evolution of all types of organisms. Broadly integrative.

Journal of Evolutionary Economics, an evolutionary perspective on the economy and its sociopolitical institutions, in the Schumpeterian tradition.

Journal of Experimental Zoology B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution, serving the emerging community of biological evo-devo researchers.

Journal of Industrial Ecology, explores materials and energy uses and flows in products, processes, industrial sectors and economies.

Journal of Informetrics, high-quality theoretical and empirical work on bibliometrics, scientometrics, webometrics, and altmetrics.

Journal of Nonequilibrium Thermodynamics, new ideas, insights and results on non-equilibrium phenomena in science, engineering and related natural systems.

Journal of Social and Biological Structures, 1978-1991. Renamed Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems in 1992.

Journal of Social and Evolutionary Systems, 1992-1998. Explored social and evolutionary systematics.

Journal of Theoretical Biology, a leading forum for theoretical papers that give insight into biological processes.

Journal of World Systems Research, scholarly research on topics that are relevant to the analysis of world systems, from different disciplines.

Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, theoretical and empirical trends, models and methods in social sciences that contain a spatial dimension.

Life, international open access journal on the origins of life, astrobiology and evolution of biosystems. MDPI.

Mathematical and Computer Modelling, mechanics, methodology and theory of modelling complex systems.

Minds and Machines, philosophical aspects of computer science, philosophy of mind, artificial intelligence, and systems theory.

Origins of Life and Evolution of Biospheres, the oldest and most authoritative journal for astrobiology and origins of life research.

Open Systems and Information Dynamics, interdisciplinary physics and information-theory research in living and nonliving open complex systems.

Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A, papers in mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences. Earth's oldest scientific society.

Physics of Life Reviews, review articles on the physics of living systems, complex systems, and artificial intelligent systems.

Social Evolution & History, interdisciplinary studies in the evolution and development of human societies since their inception.

Systems Research (and Behavioral Sciences), new theories, experimental research, and applications relating to all levels of living and non-living systems.

Technological Forecasting & Social Change, technological forecasting and technology's relationship to social and environmental systems.


Some of these are more speculative in nature, but all offer valuable and often-overlooked insights as well.

Bordalier Institute, researching complex networks and cosmic evolution (Peter Winiwarter).

Characteristics of Self-Organizing Systems, a two-page list (2003). (Christian Fuchs).

Cosmic Evolution, tutorial site on astrophysical evolutionary development (Eric Chaisson).

Cosmism Foundation, exploring the meaning of humanity in the cosmos, in the tradition of Russian Cosmism (Vlad Bowen).

Dichotomistic, a site formalizing the idea of an organic, dichotomistic logic (John McCrone).

Extended Evolutionary Synthesis, interdisciplinary Templeton-funded group ($8M) working on a meta-Darwinian approach to evolutionary theory (Kevin Laland).

Natural Genesis, an annotated anthology of science and philosophy on the concept of a creative organic universe (Arthur Fabel).

Natural Order, lovely simple overview of self-organizing hierarchies and themes, in physics and life (Anonymous).

Philosophy and Computing, resources for the use of computing theory and practice by professional philosophers (Peter Millikan).

Principia Cybernetica Project, cybernetics and general systems theory (Valentin Turchin, Francis Heylighen, Cliff Joslyn).

Self-Organizing Systems FAQ, concise fifty-nine topic FAQ on self-organization (2004). (Chris Lucas).

The Third Way, an evo-devo and new biology (meta-Darwinism) website (James Shapiro, Denis Noble).

Universal Darwinism, tentative explorations of Darwinian process beyond biology (in the universe and culture) (John O. Campbell).


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