Complex outcomes arise from the interaction of simple rules
- In philosophy, systems theory, science, and art, emergence is the way complex systems and patterns - and thus people - grow and develop out of a combination of relatively simple rules, interacting over time.
- Think of the way you make decisions. You have rules - ethics - morals - principles - habits - you use to make these decisions.
- These are your simple rules.
- Suggests the outcome of growth cannot be predicted because the result of the interaction of those simple rules cannot be foreseen. Life is full of unexpected outcomes.
- Outcomes from growth arising from these simple rules interacting might be positive, negative, benign, useful, or irrelevant.
- However, like a vine, growth can be cultivated.