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On The Subject Of Emergence And Language...

Here's a cool website that has at least something to do with emergence:

www.languageisavirus.com

The quotation "Language is a virus..." comes from William S. Burroughs, whose cut-up techniques could almost be seen as examples of emergence. (Meaning arises from seemingly random arrangements of sentences and phrases that were rearranged according to simple rules.)

The site is also associated with the writer Jeff Noon, who writes computer science-informed science fiction that deals with a lot issues we've talked about in Emergence. (In one of his books, "Nymphomation," hackers are trying to figure out the secrets behind a national lottery based on the arrangements simple dot patterns of dominoes.)

Jeff Noon is also just really awesome. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Noon)

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