Catching up on last year's skipped reading, I just came across a quote about "emergence" that told me I need to re-activate my blog:

Illustrating the concept of emergence, S. Rasmussen is quoted:

"[Hydrogen is] a colorless, odorless gas, which, given enough time, turns into people."

(Science Vol 327, p. 1632; http://www.sciencemag.org/, Sept. 25,2009 - report about the conference: Emergence in Chemical Systems 2.0, Univ. of Alaska, Anchorage, Alaska, 22 to 26 June 2009; see www.math.uaa.alaska.edu/~afkjm/chemicalemergence/index.php)