The Emergence of Everything

How the World Became Complex

224 pages

English language

Published March 5, 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA.

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When the whole is greater than the sum of the parts--indeed, so great that the sum far transcends the parts and represents something utterly new and different--we call that phenomenon emergence. When the chemicals diffusing in the primordial waters came together to form the first living cell,that was emergence. When the activities of the neurons in the brain result in mind, that too is emergence. In The Emergence of Everything, one of the leading scientists involved in the study of complexity, Harold J. Morowitz, takes us on a sweeping tour of the universe, a tour with 28 stops, each one highlighting a particularly important moment of emergence. For instance, Morowitz illuminates theemergence of the stars, the birth of the elements and of the periodic table, and the appearance of solar systems and planets. We look at the emergence of living cells, animals, vertebrates, reptiles, and mammals, leading to the great …

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dude has THE GALL to comment how much he doesn't know non-western cultures AND that western culture is the most scientific, overall. On same paragraph.

he piles up EP on top of EP to find himself on top of it, dismissing all branches that diverge from it.

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