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emergence

[ə′mər·jəns]
(geology)
Dry land which was part of the ocean floor.
The act or process of becoming an emergent land mass.
(hydrology)

Emergence

 

an outgrowth on the surface of stems and leaves formed, in contrast to hair, not only by the epidermis but by underlying tissues. Emergences include the stinging hairs of nettle, the thorns on rose stems and thorn apples, and the glandular hairs on sundew (Drosera).

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Consciousness is an emergent property, not from a cell or a collection of cells, but as a process or function of a system which is composed of interchangeable parts.
An emergent property has to be a new reality, and to be real is to cause.
In an effort to provide a theoretical framework within which differing claims about human nature can be addressed in a systematic fashion, Harris (emeritus philosophy, College of William and Mary) introduces the cluster theory of human nature, which posits that human nature is a complex emergent property that supervenes upon the causal nexus that is created by the interactions amongst a cluster of properties.
He discusses character as an emergent property of the brain's self-organizing activity, which is shaped through goal-directed practice.