How can many stupid things combine to form smart things? How can proteins become living cells? How become lots of ants a colony? What is emergence?
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Emergence – How Stupid Things Become Smart Together
Emergence applies everywhere
Atoms may be stupendously small,but a huge,huge,huge,huge,huge,huge,huge quantity of them makes you.
Bacteriophages look stupid from a bigger bacteria,but it is capable of killing it because it can reproduce in that bacteria
Monkeys (Humans Included) may be stupid,But together they can make civilizations and the internet.
Trees don't have communication systems,but in some periods they can cooperate to prevent their species getting eaten by squirrels.
A single fusion reactor doesn't produce enough energy to be used by a civilization for 1 quadrillion years,but create looooooooots of them and use them one by one and you could theoretically power your civilization for almost 1 quadrillion years.
Black holes are small once just created after a supernova,But lots of them could create a supermassive black hole
A civilization on it's own is stupid from a perspective,but lots of civilizations cooperating with one another could create a superintelligent civilization
A country on it's own is stupid,but more of them creates organizations like the EU
That's Emergence - In a Nutshell
What do you think about Dark matter? Can the difference between the theoretical velocity of the galaxies and the practical one be just an emergence phenomena of the system that is the galaxy itself? (Teoria General de Sistemas (TGS)). Meaning that we just dont fully understand how gravity works on a big scale?
Sorry for the english, i would love a response.
Actually, according to the UN a nation:
1. Must have a defined population
2. Must have a defined administration/government
3. Must have the capacity to interact with other nations
That's what a nation is.
Are ideologies sentient unto themselves in this case?
Or better yet, the collective of people on the internet? Does this make an intelligence in the way that communicating brain cells are intelligent? The words on this generate an effect in someone else's mind that makes them communicate with others which generates a "thought" in this greater being. It wouldn't be psychic or exist outside of us because it wouldn't need to.
Just a thought.
... Societies form the Ecosystem, The ecosystem forms earth, the planets forms the sun system, the sun systems form the galaxies, the galaxies form the superclusters, the superclusters form w/e, etc. Maybe universes are part of something much bigger like some superlifeform with really complex forms of communication going on. I mean, isn't consciousness the product of complexity? Considering that atoms can only form limited compounds, planets are much more individual than structures of molecules, which in combination with unlimited other planets would form a supercomplex system, giving rise to some much bigger consciousness.
Emergence is like synergy from video games. It comes from the fact that each thing can interact with other simple things, and if you get more of them together more things can interact and that produces new possibilities, complexity. Like when in a card game a bunch of soldiers are just basic units that have 3 properties, but combined with the other properties of other cards, like soldier captains that buff nearby units, then suddenly it’s not just a bunch of stats, there is strategy, complexity. Often the universe works like programming, and video games are essentially world simulators, so I think the complexity arises from the same place, simple parts can produce a new thing when they interact, and the universe is full of simple things that interact, and so we are what emerged. Like 1+1=2, 2 simple things interact to make a new thing, the thing can then interact by being added to another 1 or 2 to get more numbers, etc. if things interact, even simple things, they change, they form a different thing, and that process continues, creating all the different things, complexity.
Take the simplest example of this: the game of life. A simple program that puts "cells" on a 2D grid, and does 2 things
A dead cell (empty grid) that is surrounded by 2 or 3 cells becomes alive. If a live cell has more or less than 2 or 3 neighbors, the cell dies. From these very simple rules entire colonies of cells emerge, grow, shift, move and disappear. Some structures move around, some evolve to become stable in time, others, perpetually creating and sending new pockets of live cells around. From 2 simple rules we created a simulation that shockingly resemble how a bacteria colony works.
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