%% date:: [[2023-04-05]], [[2023-04-08]], [[2023-04-11]], [[2023-04-29]] %% # [[Emergence]] Emergence is the evolution of the whole beyond its parts in unexpected ways. It is the phenomenon where individual components evolve new, complex behaviors collectively, but without forethought or planning. ^7b5a36 The opposite of emergence is [[Reductionist Hierarchy]]. ## Factors that facilitate emergence These factors improve the likelihood of emergence, but emergence can still occur in the absence of these factors. - A system of [[Organized Complexity]] - [[Diversity]] of individuals (sample sizes and approaches) - [[Federated communication]] and interaction with other individuals - [[Bidirectional feedback loops]] about their own performance - [[Agency]]: Individuals must have some liberty to decide on their next actions. - [[Serendipity]]: Imperfectly designed responses that can lead to surprising discoveries ## When is emergence the best option? - When a system is exceedingly complex. There is a tipping point beyond which it's too difficult to try to maintain or manage all the intricacies of a system. - When a system displays some element of intelligence or organization. A completely arbitrary system cannot develop truly emergent behaviors. - When there is sufficient time for experimentation, reproduction, and learning. Emergence takes time. - When individual liberty is more valuable than productivity. - When the goal is exploration rather than to achieve a predetermined and specific goal. ## [[Disadvantages of emergence]] ## [[Emergence in other fields]] ## Exhaust - [[readwise/Books/Emergence|My highlights on Emergence]] - [[emergence-scribe-notes.pdf|My notes on Emergence on the Kindle Scribe]] - [[sources/Book/Emergence|Emergence book notes]] - [[Emergence]] (this note) - [[Emergent software]] - [[Emergent load testing]] - [[Emergent note-taking]] - [[sources/Presentation/Mine/Emergent load testing - Rules for organized chaos|Emergent load testing - Rules for organized chaos]] (presentation)