Entelechy

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An etelechy is something complex that emerges when a large number of simple objects are gathered together. This is a concept in the philosophy of science originated by Goethe.[1]

An example might be the letters of the alphabet, each of which individually evokes only a few sounds. Together, in the right order, they can form the Bible or the works of Shakespeare.

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References

  1. http://www.eclipse.co.uk/moordent/hparad.htm