Big Picture Science – Emergence

by Gary Niederhoff on October 13, 2013

Big Picture Science – Emergence

Your brain is made up of cells. Each one does its own, cell thing. But remarkable behavior emerges when lots of them join up in the grey matter club. You are a conscious being – a single neuron isn’t.

Find out about the counter-intuitive process known as emergence – when simple stuff develops complex forms and complex behavior – and all without a blueprint.

Plus self-organization in the natural world, and how Darwinian evolution can be speeded up.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Randy Schekman on cell structures
Part 2: Steve Potter on neural emergence
Part 3: Terence Deacon the emergence of consciousness
Part 4: Simon DeDeo on the engine of complexity
Part 5: Leslie Valiant on the complexity of evolution (and the evolution of complexity)

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