I’ll be posting a paper to go with my talk here soon. You can download a PDF of the Powerpoint I used here.
If you’re looking for citations or exploring these ideas more, what follows serves as a bibliography. My framing of complexity and fitness landscapes comes mostly from the work of Scott Page. I recommend:
- His personal website for a list of publications
- His video course “Understanding Complexity“
- His book, co-authored with John Miller, Complex Adaptive Systems: An Introduction to Computational Models of Social Life
I came to complexity through Stephen Lansing’s work on Balinese irrigation networks. See Perfect Order: Recognizing Complexity in Bali. Both Scott Page and Stephen Lansing worked at the Santa Fe Institute, which I think is worth taking a look at. Sante Fe is also offering a MOOC on complexity: Introduction to Complexity.
- Political ecology and ecological resilience:: An integration of human and ecological dynamics
- Adaptive co-management for social–ecological complexity
- Resilience Thinking: Sustaining Ecosystems and People in a Changing World
The argument about the “Diversity Bonus” also comes from Scott Page. I recommend this UVA keynote he delivered summarizing his research as a starting point. The New York Times has also written about it. He has two books on diversity, The Difference and Diversity and Complexity. The arguments I made mostly come from The Difference. A more rigorous treatment can be found in his PNAS publication “Groups of diverse problem solvers can outperform groups of high-ability problem solvers“, written with Lu Hong, which There’s also a video course The Hidden Factor, which covered the same issues.