Levels of Organization
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“What do you mean by levels of organization? How are they different from levels of magnification [<link; medium read]?”
“Levels of magnification are based on scale.
Levels of organization are based on systems.
Every aspect of reality can be thought of as a series of nested systems. Systems within systems within systems.”
“Like those matryoshka dolls?”
The smallest elements combine to form larger elements, which combine to form larger elements, which themselves combine to form larger and larger and larger elements.
I call this process Chunking.
Every level of organization can be metaphorically thought of as a ‘chunk‘. A chunk is an emergent higher-order level that contains all lower-order levels.
I call the capacity of the elements to combine and form new configurations of elements with emergent properties, Modularity.
Some elements make better combinations than others. We might think of them as having a connectivity potential. I call this potential, Synergy.”