Everyday examples of emergence | NOVA ScienceNOW

What is the phenomenon known as emergence? Birds, atmospheric disturbances, and city dwellers self-organize, giving rise to flocks, hurricanes, and distinct neighborhoods. Such entirely new properties and behaviors “emerge,” with no one directing and no one able to foresee the new characteristics from knowledge of the constituents alone. In this slide show, see how emergence pervades our world.

“It’s not magic,” the physicist Doyne Farmer once said about the phenomenon known as emergence, “but it feels like magic.” Creatures, cities, and storms self-organize, with low-level rules giving rise to higher-level sophistication. Entirely new properties and behaviors “emerge,” with no one directing and no one able to foresee the new characteristics from knowledge of the constituents alone. The whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts. In the following 10 examples, see how emergence pervades our everyday lives.

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Everyday Examples of Emergence (Flash) | NOVA ScienceNOW

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