emergent evolution


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emergent evolution

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(Philosophy) philosophy the doctrine that, in the course of evolution, some entirely new properties, such as life and consciousness, appear at certain critical points, usually because of an unpredictable rearrangement of the already existing entities
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Noun1.emergent evolution - the appearance of entirely new properties at certain critical stages in the course of evolution
organic evolution, phylogenesis, phylogeny, evolution - (biology) the sequence of events involved in the evolutionary development of a species or taxonomic group of organisms
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Creation and Emergent Evolution (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008), 91-4.
The study of complexity sciences reveals that the world is of hierarchical structure and emergent evolution.
Stephen Johnson's Emergence (New York: Scribner, 2001) refreshes a theme that Lloyd Morgan's Emergent Evolution (London: Williams & Norgate, 1923) stated long ago; numerous recent recourses to supervenience, and Downward Causation (Oakille: Aarhus University Press, 2000), have rekindled interest in how members of hierarchies interrelate.