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Mark Hereld Participates in Panel on Emergence: Philosophy Meets Science’ at the Chicago Humanities Festival

Ever since Aristotle claimed the whole is more than the sum of its parts, emergence has been an important topic for science and philosophy. Emergence refers to the ways that a multiplicity of seemingly discrete, relatively simple interactions can give rise, without any apparent direction or plan, to astonishing complexity and pattern. A distinguished cross-disciplinary panel will consider the various meanings and applications of this dynamic view of the world. Participants include University of Pittsburgh professor of history and philosophy of science Sandra Mitchell; Nobel Prize-winning Stanford physicist Robert Laughlin; University of Virginia philosopher Paul Humphreys; and University of Chicago scientist and engineer Mark Hereld. University of Chicago philosopher William Wimsatt, renowned for his focus on complex (and notably Big) problems, will moderate.