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  • Paperback: 482 pages
  • Publisher: MIT Press; 1 edition (9 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262524759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262524759
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Emergence is a topic that is multi-faceted and controversial, both in science and philosophy. To help one get to grips with the various issues, this selection of some of the most important articles written in the last few decades is invaluable: not least through the editors' introductions to the book's different parts, and their annotated bibliography."--Jeremy Butterfield, Senior Research Fellow, Trinity College, University of Cambridge "This is a very good and useful book -- as more and more scientists push toward the meanings of life and of mind they will appreciate the articles presented here, and the introductory material that helps put them into context."--Charles Taylor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCLA -- Charles Taylor " Emergence is paradoxically the most important, yet least understood notion in the sciences of complexity. This book is an excellent collection of the best recent philosophical and scientific thinking on this tantalizing and elusive topic. A must-read for anyone interested in how modern science canand mustgo beyond reductionism."Melanie Mitchell , Department of Computer Science, Portland State University " Emergence is paradoxically the most important, yet least understood notion in the sciences of complexity. This book is an excellent collection of the best recent philosophical and scientific thinking on this tantalizing and elusive topic. A must-read for anyone interested in how modern science canand mustgo beyond reductionism." -- Melanie Mitchell , Department of Computer Science, Portland State University "This is a very good and useful bookas more and more scientists push toward the meanings of life and of mind they will appreciate the articles presented here, and the introductory material that helps put them into context."Charles Taylor , Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, UCLA

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Mark A. Bedau is Professor of Philosophy and Humanities at Reed College, Adjunct Professor of Systems Science at Portland State University, and Editor-in-Chief of the MIT Press journal Artificial Life. Paul Humphreys is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia.


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Traveller on 31 July 2011
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As an interested lay person I am finding this collection of papers invigorating. There is not any of the flannel of popular science/philosophy (however good they are) and these are focussed and precise. I am having to concentrate and take frequest breaks but I am able to understand the nuances involved (I think) and being able to read a collection of opposing/different views gives a better idea of the issues and controversies involved.

I thoroughly recommend this collection to anyone interested in trying to understand emergence and what to make of it. I particularly found Bedau's own paper separating out the notions of nominal, weak and strong emergence illuminating.
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