The arising of new, unexpected structures, patterns, or processes in a self-organizing system. These emergents can be understood as existing on a higher level than the lower level components from which the emergents emerged. Emergents seem to have a life of their own with their own rules, laws, and possibilities unlike the lower level components. The term was first used by the 19th-century philosopher G. H. Lewes and came into greater currency in the scientific and philosophical movement known as emergent evolutionism in the 1920s and 1930s.
Related categories CHAOS, COMPLEXITY, AND DYNAMICAL SYSTEMS
ORIGIN OF LIFE
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