Reimagining the Mind

An Emergent Systems Perspective of Awareness & Cognition

Just as matter emerges from different scales of physical interactions, what if mind emerges from different scales of cognitive interactions? What if our ability to perceive the physical world, make associations based on our perceptions, and conceptualize those associations as symbols represent emergent levels of cognition? How can this perspective of cognitive emergence help us understand the relationships among sensing, feeling, and thinking; the physical, emotional, and mental; body, heart, and mind? How can it inform the ways we design for individual and social change?

Emergent complexity, or emergence, describes how relatively simple interactions at one scale (atoms) can effect and affect relatively complex interactions at another scale (molecules).

Emergence of Mind is an introduction to cognition as an emergent system.

Emergent Cognition is a gallery project exploring cognition and related topics from an emergent systems perspective.