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From Little Acorns
For our working definition, emergence is a dynamic, multi-scale process in which interactions-as-parts cause/effect new and qualitatively different wholes that include but transcend the parts themselves. That’s it, in a nutshell.

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Patterns are a way of looking at the independent, dependent, and interdependent interactions which function as the parts. Levels are a way of looking at the various scales of parts and wholes. In trying to conceptualize the framework, it can be helpful — although somewhat misleading — to imagine patterns and levels as horizontal and vertical dimensions of interaction, respectively.

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A NEW FRAME OF MINDimg_1120We now have a theoretical framework for describing emergent systems. Its key features — interaction, patterns, and levels — illustrate the basics of an emergent systems perspective. They are our essential tools for outlining an emergent cognition framework.