Emergent phenomena [reducing reductionism to the maximum]

I just listened to this wonderful RADIOLAB rebroadcast on emergent phenomena. Jad and Robert start with synchronous fireflies in Thailand and end with Christof Koch and Sir Francis Crick’s study of the neural correlates of consciousness! If you haven’t heard it yet, let that other emergent phenomenon that is Google take you away!

Also, wouldn’t it be fun to do a course with RADIOLAB as the central part of the curriculum. The goal of the final project could be to create your own episode?

A couple other interesting links to emergent phenomena or practitioners if you’re interested:
http://www.evolutionofcomputing.org/Multicellular/Emergence.html
http://www.stevenberlinjohnson.com/

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