Emergence and Interactions
Is there a difference between a person living alone in a place and same person living with thousands of other people in same place if the community doesn’t interact whereby every person lives as if he/she was the only person in the place?
The essence of a community is interaction. The greater the interactions are, the greater the likelihood that something will emerge from somewhere. We can see this on social media where interactions can be quite activated sometimes. So many emergent phenomena and trends emerged consequently.
A bird flying alone is different than same bird flying with flock of other birds. By following simple rules in their interactions we may notice the V-flying pattern that emerges. In a soccer stadium if one spectator waves his hand nothing shall be noticeable. However; if waving the same hand is synchronized with the timely waving of the neighbor’s hand and then the next neighbor we may notice the emergence of a wave. Bacterial communities are dominated and shaped by social interactions, which facilitate the emergence of properties observed only in the community setting. Protein-protein interactions involving intrinsically disordered proteins are important for cellular function and common in all organisms. Again, Emergence and evolution are the result of interactions between intrinsically disordered proteins.
It is the interactions of individuals that led to the emergence of the Pareto Rule or the 80/20 Rule. Life is unfair for the more interactions humans have the more likely are the few will get richer and the poor shall get poorer. Will this lead eventually so the poor will go on riot and take the society into disruption and self-organizing? May be this explains the four cycles that human societies experienced over ages. The intellectuals who spend most of their times interacting with ideas reach a scientific breakthrough. Entrepreneurs with sharp eyes for the potential acquisition of these ideas grab them and run successful businesses and accumulate wealth and Pareto Rule applies. This leads to social upheavals and then to force law to protect the interests of the rich. Once numbers of people involved in social upheavals increase and reach a critical mass disruption and re-organizing of societies follows.
Disruption is noticeable mostly in human societies. We don’t see disruption to any similar magnitude in the bee’s societies, ant societies, fish societies or other societies. Is it because these creatures have the purpose of survival gluing them? Paradoxically, in human societies we notice that when they threaten their own survival that they start to self-organize.
Human interactions are shifting the trend to the tails of the power law distribution. It is not enough to be average. It is safer to belong to either the lucky powerful few or the few who have the brains to distinguish themselves as niche. With the increased levels of human interactions I suppose this trend shall strengthen. Are we entering the age wherein it is safer to stay away from the crowd of averages? Survival is not being in the crowds, but away from them?
I look forward to reading your thoughts.
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