Snowflakes. Credit: Nick Ford.

"The result was that a percussive rhythm emerged, one that I hadn't created myself." 

A musician pays homage to emergence by programming his drum synths to sift out a beat from the random noise of raindrops on his roof. 

Creatures, cities, and storms self-organize, with low-level rules giving rise to higher-level sophistication. Entirely new properties and behaviors “emerge,” with no one directing and no one able to foresee the new characteristics from knowledge of the constituents alone. The whole is truly greater than the sum of its parts.

Learn to spot emergence with 10 examples from NOVA.
↩︎ PBS
Jan 11, 2017
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