Self organizing system are ones that exhibit order, structure, differentiation and fitness without any top-down mechanism enabling this to occur.
Emergence implies the creation of novel characteristics which cannot be attributed to the elements that make up the system
Self organization is a system that through its elements is able to maintain itself, without the need for an external form of maintenance - related to the concept of auto-poesis.
The terms are often related to one another, as some of the feature of the 'emergent' entity, in turn help maintain the 'self-organized' aspects of the contituent elements.
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