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Can The Whole Be More Than The Computation Of The Parts? A Reflection On Emergence

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abstract The term ”emergence” is frequently found in Complexity Science; however, it gives the impression that earlier debates on this topic are not taken fully into account. By considering this situation, the article underlines the need of a consistent discussion when addressing emergence if this term is going to have an added and meaningful value for learning about complex systems. The promising suitability of process thought and the significance of detailed rule-based modeling are derived from this reflection as further paths to explore.
   
type book chapter (English)
   
keywords Complexity Science, computer simulation, emergence, rule-based modeling, process thought
   
book title Philosophy and Complexity: Essays on Epistemology, Evolution, and Emergence
editor C. Gershenson, D. Aerts, B. Edmonds
date of appearance 2008
publisher World Scientific (London)
series title Worldviews, Science and Us (in press)
citation Olaya, C. (2008). Can The Whole Be More Than The Computation Of The Parts? A Reflection On Emergence. In Gershenson, C., Aerts, D., & Edmonds, B. (Eds.), Philosophy and Complexity: Essays on Epistemology, Evolution, and Emergence. London: World Scientific.