The Passionate Skeptic website is hosted by Thor May. The site contains many sections and hundreds of entries. The sections reflect Thor's wide interests in how the world works, as well as his professional training in teaching and linguistics. A few of the sections are active while some others date back to the 1990s. Thor hopes to gradually update the pages to be smart phone friendly, but many of the sections for a long while will be hard to read on small screens. Features on this home page will usually reflect a changing selection of Thor's current activities.
Index of recent topics from Thor's Active Thinkers meetup. Follow the link for any topic to see a list of focus questions + links for further reading. Various versions of this meetup have been running since 2011. (Note - most of these links are in older html, so not small screen friendly).
An emergent system is one where a) the final system has properties and effects which exceed the properties and effects of its component parts, and b) whose final properties and effects cannot be predicted from merely examining the component parts. The prediction issue becomes critical in dynamic systems where human judgements have to be made but the true emergent form of the system to come is not known. This paper is just a point list of issues to introduce some ideas about emergent systems for further discussion.