Emergence is a term used in philosophy, art, and science to describe how new properties and features are created as we put things together. Emergence describes a process whereby component parts interact to form synergies, these synergies
This book is designed around four main sections, after giving an overview of emergence theory we go on to talk about patterns of correlation in general before looking at synergistic interactions that are the foundations to emergence.
Emergence is one of the central concepts within systems and complexity theory as it describes a universal process of becoming or creation, a process whereby novel features and properties emerge when we put elementary parts together as they interact and self-organize to create new patterns of organization.
Emergence Emergence is a term used in philosophy, art, and science to describe how new properties and features are created as we put things together. Emergence describes a process whereby component parts interact to form synergies, these synergies then add value to the combined organization which gives rise to the emergence of a new macro-level [...]
Systems Transformation A transformation is a change of a system from one state to another, this change may be in the component parts of the system, on the micro-level, or a macro-level transformation in the entire system. A nonlinear macro transformation is a complete change in the structure and functioning of a system that creates, or it [...]
Edge of Chaos The term edge of chaos is used to denote a transition space between order and disorder that is hypothesized to exist within a wide variety of systems. This transition zone between the two regimes is known as the edge of chaos, a region of bounded instability that engenders a constant dynamic interplay [...]
Emergent Process An emergent process is a process of change that involves non-linear, abrupt phase transitions as a system's overall structure and function is transformed into a new regime of behavior, exhibiting new properties that could not have been predicted to arise prior to the transformation. Linear Change Emergent processes may be contrasted to linear [...]
Micro-Macro Dynamics The micro-macro dynamic describes a complex interaction between the micro and macro levels to a system. In every system there will be a degree of interdependence between the elements - by the standard definition of a system being a set of interdependent parts - this creates a dynamic where individual elements that form [...]
Hierarchy & Heterarchy The terms hierarchy and heterarchy describe two distinct and basic organizational principles. A hierarchy is a structured arrangement of systems forming a perceived vertical pattern where smaller, more specific parts are nested within larger more generic systems. A heterarchy defines a more informal pattern of organization where member elements may be without [...]
Integrative Levels An integrative level is a pattern of organization emerging on pre-existing phenomena of a lower level. Typical examples include life emerging out of non-living substances, and consciousness emerging out of the nervous system. As components combine to produce larger functional wholes in hierarchical series, new properties emerge, and one cannot explain all of [...]