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emergent evolution

noun
1.
the origin of entirely new properties at certain critical stages or levels in the course of evolution, as multicellular organisms, sexual reproduction, or nervous systems.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25
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emergent evolution

noun
1.
(philosophy) the doctrine that, in the course of evolution, some entirely new properties, such as life and consciousness, appear at certain critical points, usually because of an unpredictable rearrangement of the already existing entities
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