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Short-term cultural memory and affinity pave the way for innovation

Recent research from the Tipping Points project led by Professor Alex Bentley, Dr Camila Caiado and Dr Paul Ormerod reveals the importance of cultural memory to the spread of innovation. For the study, published in the journal Evolution and Human Behaviour, the team investigated the role of memory in small and large populations using a […]

Tipping Points Workshop: Critical Transitions

A two-day interdisciplinary workshop to launch the final work package of the Tipping Points project September 27-28 at the Palatine Centre. Speakers Include: John Adams (London School of Economics) Derek Attridge (University of York) Mark Currie (Queen Mary, University of London) Christopher Norris (Cardiff University) Santiago Zabala (ICREA/University of Barcelona) And members and advisors of the Tipping Points project […]

Tipping Points at British Science Festival 2013

IHRR is pleased to announce that the Tipping Points project will be participating in the British Science Festival in September with the following Main Programme event: Tipping Points in Nature and Society Date/Time: 11 September, Wednesday 12.30-14.00 Location: Fine Art Lecture Theatre, Fine Art Building, Newcastle University How does sudden radical change occur? Join researchers on their quest […]

Use of emotion words in books indicates trends in history and culture

March 20, 2013 by

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Researchers from Tipping Points have for the first time tracked how words in British and American English books published in the 20th century correspond with historical and cultural trends. They categorised the words according to moods such as sadness, disgust, joy, fear and surprise. English language is well-known for its ‘mood words’. Anyone who reads […]

Special Issue of The English Academy Review: FRAGILE FUTURES – Call for Submissions

A Special Issue of The English Academy Review: Southern African Journal of English Studies, Issue 31.2, due out October 2014 Guest editor, Marc Botha (Durham and Pretoria, Work Package 5 Researcher on Tipping Points)  The characteristic fragility of human existence has always been marked by a deep ambivalence regarding the future. On the one hand, […]

Prof Alex Bentley featured on BBC’s The Forum about Imitation

Prof Alex Bentley, an associate researcher on the Tipping Points project was on an episode of the BBC World Service programme The Forum that looks at why humans copy each other. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p013bkmt

Positive Linking: How networks can revolutionise the world

Economist Paul Ormerod, a researcher on the Tipping Points project, argues in this talk at the RSA that we need more than just ‘nudge’ theory in our networked, urban societies — we also need to grasp the perils and possibilities of ‘Positive Linking’. Paul currently has a new book available on networks: Positive Linking: How […]

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