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Emergence isn't the same thing as Guessing.  Work on bifurcative mathematics has given us some intellectual tools to be able to predict Emergence will happen under certain conditions and, to some extent, be able to predict the overall Fitness Landscape defined as the possible range of actions¹.  Knowing Emergence is a Law of Nature allows one to count on it, allowing it to be used in various ways both on the predictive and operational levels.  

Oddly enough.

¹ just to keep it simple

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sun Aug 28th, 2011 at 03:02:32 PM EST
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