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Tipping Points Annual Report 2012-2013

This has been a busy and productive year for the Tipping Points project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. With all five Work Packages (WPs) now active the Tipping Points team have produced research on a wide variety of ‘tipping points’, carrying the project forward into new frontiers of knowledge, and creating opportunities to encourage new […]

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 […]

Instability: A Barrier to Fusion Energy?

Nuclear fusion — the physical process that powers the Sun — has massive implications for generating energy on Earth, yet not all of the fundamental physics needed for its practical realisation is well understood. Attempts to replicate fusion on Earth have been ongoing for over half a century, but doing so in a controlled fashion has proven more difficult than originally thought. […]

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 […]

Tipping Points Annual Report 2011-12

The new annual report from the Tipping Points project is now available. It features the latest research updates from all five work packages of the project: - Trust and maintaining resilience of financial markets - Development of UK banking sector - Field research on past climate in the North Atlantic - Tipping points in populations […]

Modelling Social Problems and Health Conference

This conference from the Tipping Points project focuses on modelling of social problems and health.  Researchers will present and discuss health problems of concern within society together with mathematical and statistical models, which may be useful predictive tools for deriving strategies that practitioners may use.  Emphasis of the workshop will be placed on actual health […]

Tipping Points in Ecological Dynamics

This post is from Dr John Bissell, a physicist researching tipping points in mathematical systems for the project. In a conference that had largely focused on `tipping points’ in human society, especially those involving the spread of `buzzwords’, `innovation’ and `trends’, Prof Richard Law‘s talk on ecological dynamics (for those who might not have a […]

Dr Nick Winder presents ‘The Colluphidean Paradigm’

July 11, 2012 by

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Dr Nick Winder gives a highly interesting talk on his paper ‘The Colluphidean Paradigm’.  Who is Colluphid you might ask?  For those familiar with A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams you likely know the answer already.  Oolid Colluphid is a fictional author in the book who writes a philosophical trilogy: Where God […]

Blame Games: Scapegoats, Turncoats and Sacrificial Lambs

July 11, 2012 by

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In his speech at the Tipping Points Annual Event on 3rd July 2012 Professor Eric Abrahamson of the Columbia Business School talks about the many different ways in which blame is apportioned in the aftermath of catastrophic tipping point events such as the Global Financial Crisis. The research builds on the rich literature on theories […]

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