#TheGouge: What is Emergence? with Ann Pendleton-Jullian

Ann breaks down emergence and its relationship with complexity science.

Hey, welcome to #TheGouge with Ponch and Cujo. I'm Ponch, we’re talking about emergence today with Ann Pendleton-Jullian. Ann, what is emergence?

So, emergence comes from emergencia in Latin, which means to bring forth. It is absolutely bound up with complexity science. Complexity science is the other side of the coin. If you think about complexity, it is systems in which removing a part of the system alters the system completely. Think ecosystems, think clouds, think this kind of stuff.

Emergence is when low-level rules, things that are happening at a lower level, create behavior at the level above it, and above that, and above that. Otherwords, the ways birds flock, the murmurings that happen. Corral, very, very small little organisms that have a certain way that they organize their colonies, that tell the way that they come together, the way that they group together, make humongous ecosystems. So, one little animal going to a thousand-mile ecosystem. Every level of that ecosystem has a different set of tacit, embedded rules that tell it how to self-organize.

That is fantastic. And that, my friends, is the gouge. Thank you, Ann.



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