Symmathesy is the name given by Nora Bateson to mutual learning between and within living contexts. It is defined in two ways:
1. as ‘an entity formed over time by contextual mutual learning through interaction’ 2. as the process of contextual mutual learning through interaction.
In this sense, evolution emerges in interrelationality rather than being the outcome of arrangement and mechanistic function. To live is to learn in a mutual learning context that is inherently complex, and the idea of parts and wholes is misleading in coevolving systems with multiple contexts. (David Lorimer)