Emergence, it’s complexity, but not complicated.

Many phenomenon we encounter, such as consciousness, culture, ecology, and genetics, function through emergence from the compounding complexity of physics. To apply these fields to synthesis with any wisdom, requires a sharp vision of what complexity is and how it emerges from the border of chaos and order. This collection of resources is ordered in such a way to facilitate an understanding of complexity holistically starting with  chaos than emergence and finally its meaning, application and philosophical consequences.

“… complex systems, an interdisciplinary field of research, that seeks to explain how large numbers of relatively simple entities organize themselves, without the benefit of any central controller, into a collective whole that creates patterns, uses information, and, in some cases, evolves and learns.”

– Melanie Mitchell, on complex systems

1.) Introduction to systems

2.) Chaos

“A dynamical system that exhibits sensitive dependence on initial conditions will produce markedly different solutions for two specifications of initial states that are initially very close together.” – Stephen H. Kellert

3.) The emergent limits of analysis

“The ability to reduce everything to simple fundamental laws does not imply the ability to start from those laws and reconstruct the universe. The constructionist hypothesis breaks down when confronted with the twin difficulties of scale and complexity. At each level of complexity entirely new properties appear. Psychology is not applied biology, nor is biology applied chemistry. We can now see that the whole becomes not merely more, but very different from the sum of its parts.” –Anderson P.W. 1972

4.) Strong emergence, context and computational proof

5.) Complexity: Theory

“We manage the emergence of beneficial coherence within attractors within boundaries, and that is the great hope of complexity theory, because it focuses on what can be managed, we manage for emergence” – David Snowden, PhD Complexity Theorist

6.) Complexity: Science

7.) Complexity: Applied

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