Emergence and Self-Organisation
So how do systemic patterns emerge in the first place? According to Complexity Science they are the product of continuous interactions between numerous individual elements. These could be molecules in chemical soups producing chemical reactions, the neurons in our brain firing patterns of awareness, or buyers and sellers in markets generating an array of prices. Whatever the environment, it is the accumulation of numerous individual interactions that ultimately gives rise to the patterns we observe, both the ones we find highly conducive to our social ecology and the ones we desperately want to change.