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🎁 Valentin's Present - Emergence

This Friday, many awesome songs emerged — so be sure to check the music section at the bottom.

🎁 Valentin's Present

October 21 · Issue #8 · View online
The best content I've ever found. Mouthwatering concepts, tempting questions, juicy books, delicious songs, exquisite short films, and other surprises.

This Friday, many awesome songs emerged — so be sure to check the music section at the bottom.

Provoking Picture
Flying over a glacier. By @chrisburkard on Instagram
Mouthwatering Concepts
A classic example of insect stigmergy (Bonabeau et al., 1999):
The creation of a network of pheromone trails by ants.
When an ant finds food, it will leave a trail of pheromones (smell molecules) on its way back to the nest.
An ant setting out from the nest looking for food will preferentially walk along such a pheromone-marked path.
If it too finds food, it will come back along the same route leaving more pheromone. The larger the food source, the more ants will thus come back from it while adding pheromone, and thus the stronger the trace will become. The stronger the trail, the more ants will follow it to find food.
Once the food is exhausted, no more pheromone will be added and the trail will quickly evaporate. In this way, ants are efficiently steered towards the presently most promising locations for carrying out their main task: bringing food to the nest.
They need neither to individually remember locations, nor to communicate them to other ants: the pheromone network performs the function of both a shared external memory and an indirect communication medium that triggers productive action.
This complex, smart behavior arising from not-smart ants is an example of:

From the fractal patterns of snowflakes to cellular lifeforms, our universe is full of complex phenomena – but how does this complexity arise?
“Emergence” describes the ability of individual components of a large system to work together to give rise to dramatic and diverse behavior.
"A lesson in simplicity courtesy of the Pacific Ocean"-@chrisburkard and emergence.
one water molecule is not fluid
one gold atom is not metallic
one neuron is not conscious
one amino acid is not alive
More on emergence here.
More about stigmergy, emergence, and many other juicy concepts, in relation to “knowledge work/productivity” in this awesome scientific paper.
Tempting Question
How can you design systems that create good emergence in your life?

Spicy Habit
Creating stigmergy for yourself by writing down notes and ideas that could be useful later or in specific contexts/times. Offloading worries and events from your mind and into a note-taking app / calendar. Also applicable to sharing best practices/resources/findings with your team so people don’t have to reinvent the wheel again. I highly recommend Notion.
Exquisite Short Film
(7mins 40secs) Animated Short Film: "One Small Step".
^ very simple, classic, “inspiring” short film that made me cry. Not “related” to emergence.
— back to emergence —
First quickly look at wikipedia’s explanation on Conway’s Game of Life.
Then you’ll be in awe of this video of “life creating life”:
(1min, 29secs) - Life in life - YouTube
Finger-licking Quotes
“Simple, clear purpose and principles give rise to complex and intelligent behavior. Complex rules and regulations give rise to simple and stupid behavior.” — Dee Hock
“Simple things should be simple and complex things should be possible.” — Alan Kay

Re Human
Daily posts here, will write weekly recap after I send this newsletter.
Delicious Songs
This Friday, Khalid released a whole new album. My favorite song in the album is Suncity (same name of the album). I was so surprised hearing Khalid sing in Spanish! So added to my Kale and Aguacate playlists.
Also this Friday, Luis Fonsi and Ozuna released Imposible. In Aguacate.
Also this Friday, Major Lazor and Tove Lo released Blow that Smoke. In my Mahi Mahi playlist.
Not on Friday but also recently, Marc Anthony, Will Smith, and Bad Bunny released Está Rico. And Nicky Jam and Steve Aoki released Jaleo. Both in Aguacate. (all these playlists are if you want to keep listening to similar vibes).

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