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Mark L. Latash

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195333169

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333169.001.0001

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Building a Definition for Synergy

Building a Definition for Synergy

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(p.1) Part One Building a Definition for Synergy
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Synergy
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Mark L. Latash (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195333169.003.0001

The first part of the book starts with a few examples from everyday life to give a sense of what the word “synergy” means in its everyday usage. A connection to the meaning of this word in the religious literature is made, looking particularly at the classical writing of St. Gregory Palama. Further, a couple of example of inanimate objects are discussed that may fake certain aspects of synergies but ultimately fail to qualify. Examples of synergies and on-synergies from the animal world are discussed. The Part ends with a definition of synergy based on three necessary and sufficient conditions.

Keywords:   error compensation, stability, flexibility, cooperation, St. Gregory Palama

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