Welcome to the Emergence Group!

Projects: 

People in a variety of disciplines and walks of life are in the business of trying to make sense of the world. In so doing, all make use of conceptual frameworks, habitual ways of thinking that influence both how one tries to make sense of new observations and the new questions one asks (and doesn't ask). These conceptual frameworks are themselves reflections of the kinds of observations that have and can be made.

Computers, like telescopes and microscopes, have opened a whole new world of possible observations. Because of the rapidity with which they can do well-defined calculations, computers have made it possible to explore the consequences of relatively simple interactions of relatively simple things in ways never before possible.

From this new capability are emerging in different arenas significant insights into phenomena long believed too complex for serious analysis ... and perhaps a new quite general conceptual framework applicable in a variety of disciplines and practical contexts. People who are interested the emergence of "emergent systems" as a way of thinking are invited to join this discussion.

You can participate in our discussion in a number of ways:

We invite you to come to the Wednesday morning discussion. The schedule for this semester is:

Schedule and Discussion Links

Date/PlacePresenterResources
Wednesday Oct. 3, 2007,
8-9am, Park Science 230
Astra Bryant Emergent Properties of the Leech
Presentation (PDF)
Participants
Discussion
Podcast
Wednesday Oct. 10, 2007,
8-9am, Park Science 230
Astra Bryant Emergent Properties of the Leech
Presentation (PDF)
Participants
Discussion
Podcast
Wednesday Oct. 17, 2007Fall Break: no meeting
Wednesday Oct. 24, 2007,
8-9am, Park Science 230
Astra Bryant Emergent Properties of the Leech
Presentation (PDF)
Participants
Discussion
Podcast
Wednesday Oct. 31, 2007,
8-9am, Park Science 230
Open Discussion Presentation (PDF)
Participants
Discussion
Podcast
Wednesday Nov. 7, 2007,
8-9am, Park Science 230
Karen Greif Determining the Minimal Genome for Life
Background reading: Toward the Engineering of Minimal Living Cells
Presentation
Participants
Discussion
Podcast
Wednesday Nov. 14, 2007,
8-9am, Park Science 230
Doug Blank The Physics of Downward Causation, a paper by Paul Davies
Background reading: The Physics of Downward Causation
Presentation
Participants
Discussion
Podcast
Wednesday Nov. 21, 2007Thanksgiving: no meeting
Wednesday Nov. 28, 2007,
8-9am, Park Science 230
Brooks Ambrose General Systems Theory, a paper by Kenneth Boulding
Background reading: General systems theory: The skeleton of science
Participants
Discussion
Podcast
Wednesday Dec. 5, 2007,
8-9am, Park Science 230
Brooks Ambrose General Systems Theory, a paper by Kenneth Boulding
Background reading: General systems theory: The skeleton of science
Participants
Discussion
Podcast
Wednesday Dec. 12, 2007,
8-9am, Park Science 230
Paul Grobstein Empirical Non-Foundationalism
Background reading: From Complexity to Emergence and Beyond: Towards Empirical Non-Foundationalism as a Guide for Inquiry (also available as PDF)
Presentation
Participants
Discussion
Podcast not available this week (pressed wrong button---doh!)
Science in Society, Emergence Group