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Carl Leichter, Department of Information Science


The Eccentric Alchemist and the Noisy Dog: A Short Study of Emergence in Nature and Science


Owheo 106 - 1:00 pm, Friday 2 May


What is emergence and how does it work? Without fully answering those questions, we will study some examples of emergence to explore its various properties and implications. First, I will present two concrete examples of emergence: one example each of "weak" and "strong" emergence. Then we will apply some of the properties we have observed to the emergent social norms that are called "scientific theories". First, we'll examine the emergence of the theory of Newtonian Mechanics in its 17th Century social context and then we will do the same with the emergence of Quantum Mechanics in the early 20th Century. If time permits, then we will briefly discuss how some of these properties could be exploited for more efficient computational simulations of emergence.

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