Complexity 101: How Nature Works -- a video course

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After years in development, I am excited to announce that my flagship course, Complexity 101: An Introduction to the Complexity Sciences (AKA How Nature Works), which I've taught to hundreds of students in live settings since 2001, is now launching as a video course! 

The complexity sciences are widely hailed as both a revolution and renaissance in science.  But they are not merely of academic interest, or at least should not be (which is why I'm trying to make them accessible to the general public without having to jump through academic loops).  They are relevant to everyday life in almost every way: how organizations work (or do not), health and healing, food, societies, economics, and political systems included. 

 

But their biggest impact is in our understanding of nature, Earth and life.  The differences in our understanding of those phenomena with mechanistic sciences vs complexity is a night/day comparison.  Click here to open a two-page (legal sized; 8.5 x 14") pdf explaining these assertions using quotes from six books about complexity sciences with a total of ten authors.

If you are seeking a thorough course similar to what you'd get at a college or university on a trimester system, where you can actually see the instructor (me) as I guide you through an informative, engaging slide show with relevant, interesting graphics, then this is it.  This is a very thorough, detailed course in eight lessons over 20+ hours (including a 4-part, six hour free introduction below that is actually part of the course!).  I can find no similarly thorough course on the Internet.  The courses in complexity that I find on other e-learning sites (like Udemy) are at most 3 hours long -- my free introduction is longer than that! -- and they utilize voice-over narration such that you never see the instructor.  They also employ oversimplified, stylized graphics.  I think you'll find this course to be not only much more complete, but much more professional.

Parts 1 through 4 of the introductory overview presentation videos are available now for viewing below.   Like all of my course introductions, it is free. 

This is a long introduction.  In a live setting, the entire introductory lecture is usually around 2.5 hours.  However, I've decided to offer an even more thorough introduction in video (since viewers can schedule them to meet their needs, watch them in parts, etc) to better aid potential students decide if the course is right for them.   And -- importantly -- it is part of the course.  So it's like getting six hours free.

 

Part 1, which focuses on why the course is relevant and important, is 75 min.  Parts 2 - 4 are roughly 100 minutes each.   That may seem long, but I  view the introductory lecture as an important part of the course because it offers the big picture of the entire course, the broad outline, that we then fill in details for during the course.

 

I anticipate completing the full course by spring, 2019, but you can start lessons at any time.  Because of the modular nature of the course -- introduction, then 8 - 9 lessons on groups of topics -- it can be engaged at any time.  I estimate that the course itself -- not including the introductory overview presentations -- will be about 16 hours total in those 8 lessons.

Update: 04.27.19: I have decided to make Geophysiology 101, parts 1 and 2, a free sample for the course.  Please find the links at the bottom of this page.  Think of it as the crescendo for the course,  the most important lesson, because it offers an entirely new -- yet very ancient -- way of understanding nature and Earth.  Viewing it will help you understand one of the most important ideas of the 21st century and beyond, both scientifically and culturally, and also why the remainder of lessons in Complexity 101 are so important -- that is, they are necessary to fully understand geophysiology.

For more information, including about pricing (which is sliding scale and negotiable -- starting as low as $50 -- with two levels of engagement available: videos only (econo) or plus Q&A discussion (premium -- starts at $100), please be in touch via my contact page. 

 

To pre-enroll, or make a contribution to support this work, please click the Donate button to the right.  All contributions are good for enrollment in the course for you or other adults of your choosing.

Complexity 101 Intro, Part 1

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Complexity 101 Intro, Part 3

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Geophysiology 101, Part 1 -
Lesson 9 in Complexity 101

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Complexity 101 Intro, Part 2

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Complexity 101 Intro, Part 4

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Geophysiology 101, Part 2 -
Lesson 9 in Complexity 101

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