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Complexity, Emergence, and Evolution

  • Tim Gooding
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Abstract

Most economists are not familiar with complexity science as it applies to economics. Complexity and emergent behaviour are broad terms that are not scientifically defined. This chapter outlines how the terms complexity, emergent behaviour, and evolution are being used in this work. While mainly aimed at people who are not familiar with complexity, it also explains how these terms are specifically being used in this work. It also defines two new terms that clarify certain aspects of evolution as it applies to economics, specifically, the ‘fitness test’ and ‘evolutionary strength’.

Keywords

Complexity Emergent behaviour Evolutionary Fitness test Evolutionary strength 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Gooding
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  1. 1.Kingston UniversityKingston upon ThamesUK

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