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Simulation-Based Definitions Of Emergence, Alan Richard Baker Jan 2010

Simulation-Based Definitions Of Emergence, Alan Richard Baker

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One approach to characterizing the elusive notion of emergence is to define that a property is emergent if and only if its presence can be derived but only by simulation. In this paper I investigate the pros and cons of this approach, focusing in particular on whether an appropriately distinct boundary can be drawn between simulation-based and non-simulation-based methods. I also examine the implications of this definition for the epistemological role of emergent properties in prediction and in explanation.