If no new phenomena emerged in large systems out of the dynamics of systems working at a lower level, then we would need no scientists but particle physicists, since there would be no other areas to cover. But then there would be no particle physicists. — Per Bak Introduction Roger Wolcott Sperry (1913 to 1994) […]
Introduction E:CO is republishing this paper in our Classical Paper section not so much because of its venerable age and influence—it hails from 1992, 24 years ago—but because of its incisiveness, insight, and acumen in examining a crucial issue whose importance has only increased with time, namely, complex systems as integrated wholes. Its author, the […]
Introduction In the previous issue, ECO’s classic paper and my introduction to was Robert May’s pioneering work in chaos theory, in particular an exploration of the by now iconic logistic map and its display of a period-doubling route to the onset of chaos. In one of those odd coincidences not infrequently found during the course […]
In this and the next issue of E:CO, we are reprinting two classic papers emanating from and even generating much of the ground swell of burgeoning enthusiasm for chaos theory forty years ago. Yes, it’s been that long! These papers were among the first to explore the nature of bifurcation, attractors, and chaos as discovered in complex systems through developing new mathematical tools and conceptual frameworks. These papers are truly foundational in their ramifications and implications and yet come across as fresh as if they were written yesterday.
Introduction It is quite fitting that Walter Buckley’s paper “Mind, Mead and Mental Behaviorism” has been selected as the classic paper contribution for this special issue of Emergence: Complexity and Organization (E:CO) concerning human interaction dynamics and complex adaptive systems. The paper presents a discussion of the dynamics of fine-grained interactions from the agent’s perspective. […]
The hard problem of emergence is its property of self-transcendence I first read this classic paper on emergence by the American philosopher Paul Henle over ten years ago. Rereading it, I am surprised by several themes which did not strike me so the first time around. First is Henle’s early avowal—this article is after all […]