Emergence in Complex, Cognitive, Social, and Biological Systems / Edition 1

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The goal of this book, is to recall to the systems community an important challenge to be dealt with in the immediate future: the study and characterization of general features of what is commonly qualified as 'emergence', chiefly in complex systems such as biological and cognitive ones. Such a topic was a fundamental one at the very beginning of the systemic movement, and to it the founding fathers, such as Von Bertalanffy, Ashby and Von Foerster, devoted most efforts. In more recent times, however, the interests shifted towards an empirical study of systemic properties characterizing human organizations, and the subject of emergence was partly abandoned. Notwithstanding, the understanding of what is emergence, and of the circumstances which allow for its occurrence within a complex system, is of crucial importance for systemics. Namely all systemic properties - the ones which allow a system to behave as a whole and not as an aggregate of constituents - are just emergent properties.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306473586
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 7/31/2002
  • Edition description: 2002
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 394
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Opening Lecture. Synergetics - An Overview; H. Haken. Modelling. First Cellular Automata Model of Red Mullet Behaviour; F. Badalamenti, et al. Simulations of Forest Fires by Cellular Automata Modelling; E. Bendicenti, et al. The Dynamic Usage of Models (DYSAM); G. Minati, S. Brahms. Cognitive Science. The Emergence of Strategies in Cognitive Development; M.P. Penna. Emergence of the Symbolic Function; G. Terenzi. Synaptic Development as a Variational Problem; P. Camiz. Theoretical Issues in Systemics. Emergence and Ergodicity: A Line of Research; G. Minati. Decomposition of Systems; M.R. Abram. Generic Properties of Complex Networks; R. Serra. The Role of Stability Theory in the Great Theories of the XX Century U. Di Caprio. A Generalization of Compensation Mechanism in Variable-Structure Systems. E.Pessa, G. Resconi. Education. A Systemic Proposal on the Use of a New Technology as a Learning Tool in School Context; M.P. Penna, et al. A System Approach to the Educational Research: Reflection on an Experience; A. Codetta Raiteri, R. Cambini. Evaluating an Educational Course. A Constructivist Approach; R. Cambini, A. Codetta Raiteri. Systemic Approach and Information Technology. Reactive Navigation Based on Self-Organised Visual Information; G. Tascini, et al. Web Usability: Meaning and Context. Over Data Structures; M.C. Tofoni, A. Montesanto. Membrane Systems for Computing; G. Mauri, C. Zandron. General Systems. Transforming Leadership through Coalitions: Building the Ethics of Sustainable Development in Globalization; L.A. Magliocca, G. Minati. Meaning Extraction from the Analysis of Video-Registrations of Human Movements; M.P. Penna, et al. Multidisciplinary Techniques for Classifying Styles in Narrative Texts: a Preliminary Study; M. Nardon, et al. The Religious Aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in the West Bank: Systemic Implications; S. Brahms. Disciplinarity in the Pursuit of Knowledge; A. Collen. Management. Distributed Knowledge Management. A Systemic Approach; M. Bonifacio, P. Bouquet. The Role of Knowledge Management as a Key Tool for Companies to deal with the Turbulent Environment: A Survey; P. Penna, et al. Systemic Approaches to Human Care. Balancing and Compensating Equilibrium Deficits in Beings Provided with Cognitive Processing Capabilities; G. Minati, A. Ricciuti. Emergence, Individuality, Therapy.A Systemic Vision of Homeopathy; M. Trionfi. Systemic Support Therapy for Cancer Patients During and After Chemotherapy; A. Ricciuti A Systemic Approach to the Modelling of Epileptic Phenomena; P.L. Bandinelli, et al. Synergetics and Systemics. Some Comments about Determinism and Classical Physics; L. Galgani. What is Emergence? E. Pessa . Quantum Field Theory and System Theory; G. Vitello. Index.

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