Synergetics is defined as the "behaviour of whole systems unpredicted by the sum of their parts". It is a principle which pervades all of evolution and is a concept which is readily applied throughout this work. Time and again we see examples such as iron, carbon and nickel combined to form steel or hydrogen and oxygen combining to form water. The end product having very different characteristics from any of the parts.
We can take this principle to all sorts of different levels be it biology, chemistry or human behaviour. It seems ironic that humankind has spent much of its time constantly dissecting wholes into smaller and smaller parts and trying to determine where we come from and how our universe works. One of the problems we face is that much of what we are proposing here has to start with the general and then work toward the specific. Unfortunately the "whole" is a tough place to start, so part of the approach is to try to connect the reader with an "anchor". Some way that I may tie him or her into the overall concepts via their own speciality and thereby encourage them to consider that big picture.