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{{Universal Diversity Patterns Across the Sciences}}
{{Universal Diversity Patterns Across the Sciences}}
'''Organizers:'''
Jeffrey C. Nekola; University of New Mexico; jnekola@unm.edu
John Harte; University of California – Berkeley; jharte@berkeley.edu
David Storch; Charles University; storch@cts.cuni.cz
'''Summary:'''
Several intensively studied ecological diversity patterns appear to have almost exact
analogues across a wide range of disciplines including physics, economics, linguistics, sociology
and the geosciences. As a result, the ultimate mechanisms underlying them would seem to be
more general than those typically offered or considered by disciplinary researchers. The aim of
this workshop is to initiate an interdisciplinary collaborative investigation which will: (1)
evaluate the regularity of apparently universal diversity patterns across multiple disciplines, (2)
explore their mutual connections (3) conduct tests to show which of these patterns can be
considered to be non-superficially regular, (4) explore these regularities via a set of candidate
explanative frameworks (e.g. statistical constraints, system self-organization, maximum entropy,
random branching processes and fractality), and (5) explore possible links between these
frameworks. This investigation will assist documentation of important commonalities between
disciplines, and will help focus attention on those unified processes that generate diversity across
the physical, biological, and socio-cultural world.




'''*Please note that most events are by invitation only.'''
'''*Please note that most events are by invitation only.'''

Latest revision as of 22:42, 5 February 2009

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Organizers: Jeffrey C. Nekola; University of New Mexico; jnekola@unm.edu John Harte; University of California – Berkeley; jharte@berkeley.edu David Storch; Charles University; storch@cts.cuni.cz

Summary: Several intensively studied ecological diversity patterns appear to have almost exact analogues across a wide range of disciplines including physics, economics, linguistics, sociology and the geosciences. As a result, the ultimate mechanisms underlying them would seem to be more general than those typically offered or considered by disciplinary researchers. The aim of this workshop is to initiate an interdisciplinary collaborative investigation which will: (1) evaluate the regularity of apparently universal diversity patterns across multiple disciplines, (2) explore their mutual connections (3) conduct tests to show which of these patterns can be considered to be non-superficially regular, (4) explore these regularities via a set of candidate explanative frameworks (e.g. statistical constraints, system self-organization, maximum entropy, random branching processes and fractality), and (5) explore possible links between these frameworks. This investigation will assist documentation of important commonalities between disciplines, and will help focus attention on those unified processes that generate diversity across the physical, biological, and socio-cultural world.


*Please note that most events are by invitation only.