Next Article in Journal
Best Probability Density Function for Random Sampled Data
Next Article in Special Issue
On the Spectral Entropy of Thermodynamic Paths for Elementary Systems
Previous Article in Journal
Fisher Information and Semiclassical Treatments
Previous Article in Special Issue
Equiprobability, Entropy, Gamma Distributions and Other Geometrical Questions in Multi-Agent Systems
Article Menu

Export Article

Open AccessCommunication
Entropy 2009, 11(4), 993-1000; doi:10.3390/e11040993

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 / Accepted: 27 November 2009 / Published: 3 December 2009
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Information and Entropy)
View Full-Text   |   Download PDF [178 KB, uploaded 24 February 2015]   |  

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 entropy; dispersal; information; recognition; coherent behavior; emergence; dissolvence
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

SciFeed Share & Cite This Article

MDPI and ACS Style

Testa, B. Dispersal (Entropy) and Recognition (Information) as Foundations of Emergence and Dissolvence. Entropy 2009, 11, 993-1000.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats

Related Articles

Article Metrics

Article Access Statistics

1

Comments

[Return to top]
Entropy EISSN 1099-4300 Published by MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland RSS E-Mail Table of Contents Alert
Back to Top