Instructional Design and Learning LO29195

From: Terje A. Tonsberg (
Date: 09/18/02

Replying to LO29186 --


Thank you so much for your explanations. It was very clear. I have a
couple of questions:

So an emergence happens when at least two intensive properties connect
through a flux, thus generating at least one new intensive property?
Similarly, digestion is when there is an extensive increase, but no new
intensive properties?

Can a digestive process in one process be consist of emergent events in
other categories? For example, lets say you were manipulating numbers in a
particular way in dividing whole numbers, then the celeration became flat
(you reached a speed of e.g. 40 correct per minute), then you learned a
better way of manipulating the numbers and so the celeration bounced up.
It seems to me that we now have an emergence that made the digestion
process of another property bounce?

At, you said earlier about leaders and followers as force-flux pairs in an
organization: Scale it by half or double it. Its heads of divisions and
departments stay the same. Any mental difference between them will amount
to entropic forces. However, their subordinates will scale accordingly.
Thus leader-followers constitutes an entropic force-flux pair.

My comment: it seems to me that in this lies another example of how
digestion and emergence intertwine and overlap. "Mentality" is an
intensive property, but the differences will be both intensive and
extensive. For if leader A wanted to do X and leader B wanted to do Y,
then entropy is produced if processes are moved more towards X or Y. The
difference in value in this case, between the two entropic forces the
mentalities of A & B, is a qualitative (intensive) difference. Correct?



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