Alex Ryan's Diagram

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I have spent a lot of time on this blog discussing evolution and emergence, the distinction between the two and the interplay thereof.  All the while I have wished that I had a diagram like like  Alex Ryan‘s above (posted with permission), as it does much better then the proverbial thousand words.

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  • Han

    Very interesting diagram. What was the original context?

    I’ve been writing about scientific metaphor, and nonreductionism/emergence is the hardest to get across to people!

    • Rafe Furst

      One of Alex’s papers which you can get to from the link on his name or by googling.