Edge of Chaos

2017-07-29T09:59:42+00:00

Edge of Chaos The term edge of chaos describes a phase transition space between order and randomness that can create complex evolutionary dynamics The term edge of chaos is used to denote a transition space between order and disorder that is hypothesized to exist within a wide variety of systems. This transition zone [...]

Emergent Process

2017-07-19T11:57:47+00:00

Emergent Process The metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly is a good example of a macro-level emergent transformation as the whole system's behavior and function changes An emergent process is a process of change that involves non-linear, abrupt phase transitions as a system's overall structure and function is transformed into a new [...]

Micro-Macro Dynamics

2017-07-19T11:58:47+00:00

Micro-Macro Dynamics Wherever there is interdependency between elements there is a complex interplay between the parts and whole that is captured in the term micro-macro dynamic The micro-macro dynamic describes a complex interaction between the micro and macro levels to a system. In every system there will be a degree of interdependence between [...]

Hierarchy & Heterarchy

2017-07-19T11:59:51+00:00

Hierarchy & Heterarchy Hierarchical organization, where smaller subunits are nested within larger suprasystems, is a pervasive design pattern seen throughout our world The terms hierarchy and heterarchy describe two distinct and basic organizational principles. A hierarchy is a structured arrangement of systems forming a perceived vertical pattern where smaller, more specific parts are [...]

Integrative Levels

2017-07-19T12:01:23+00:00

Integrative Levels Ecosystems are classical examples of hierarchical systems with many integrative levels from a single cell to the whole biosphere An integrative level is a pattern of organization emerging on pre-existing phenomena of a lower level. Typical examples include life emerging out of non-living substances, and consciousness emerging out of the nervous [...]

Autopoiesis

2017-07-19T12:03:24+00:00

Autopoiesis Mammalian reproduction whereby the community creates new members of itself to enable its persistence over time is a classical example of autopoiesis The term autopoiesis derives from the word auto- meaning "self" and poiesis, meaning "creation or production". The term is used to describe a system's capacity to regenerate or recreate itself. [...]

Emergent Types

2017-07-19T12:04:30+00:00

Strong & Weak Emergence The question of strong and weak emergence is important in that it asks the question whether a complete account of the world is ultimately reducible to an account of its parts - as weak emergence would hold - or whether new organizational patterns emerge at different levels which are truly [...]

Pattern Formation

2017-07-19T12:05:24+00:00

Pattern Formation The flocking of birds and the schooling of fish in one of the most dynamic forms of pattern formation generated by the local interactions between the members A pattern is any set of correlations between the states of elements within a system. Pattern formation refers to the process through which a [...]

Patterns

2017-07-19T12:06:55+00:00

Patterns A pattern is a set of correlations between elements of any kind it is a very abstract concept that can be equated to organization and order as it defines some recurring structure or symmetry A pattern defines some form of correlation between the states of elements within a system. All systems show [...]

Synergy Types

2017-07-19T12:57:34+00:00

Positive & Negative Synergies The term synergy refers to things working together in some fashion, like the bonds between atoms as they work together to form larger molecules A synergy is a nonlinear relationship between two or more elements whereby they generate a combined outcome that is more or less than the sum [...]