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Dispersal (Entropy) and Recognition (Information) as Foundations of Emergence and Dissolvence
University Hospital Centre, 46, Rue du Bugnon, CH-1011 Lausanne–CHUV, Switzerland
Received: 15 October 2009; in revised form: / Accepted: 27 November 2009 / Published: 3 December 2009
Abstract: The objective of this essay is to reflect on a possible relation between entropy and emergence. A qualitative, relational approach is followed. We begin by highlighting that entropy includes the concept of dispersal, relevant to our enquiry. Emergence in complex systems arises from the coordinated behavior of their parts. Coordination in turn necessitates recognition between parts, i.e., information exchange. What will be argued here is that the scope of recognition processes between parts is increased when preceded by their dispersal, which multiplies the number of encounters and creates a richer potential for recognition. A process intrinsic to emergence is dissolvence (aka submergence or top-down constraints), which participates in the information-entropy interplay underlying the creation, evolution and breakdown of higher-level entities.
Keywords: entropy; dispersal; information; recognition; coherent behavior; emergence; dissolvence
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Testa, B. Dispersal (Entropy) and Recognition (Information) as Foundations of Emergence and Dissolvence. Entropy 2009, 11, 993-1000.
Testa B. Dispersal (Entropy) and Recognition (Information) as Foundations of Emergence and Dissolvence. Entropy. 2009; 11(4):993-1000.
Testa, Bernard. 2009. "Dispersal (Entropy) and Recognition (Information) as Foundations of Emergence and Dissolvence." Entropy 11, no. 4: 993-1000.