Functionalism, emergence, and collective coordinates: A statistical physics perspective on “what to say to a skeptical metaphysician”

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (5):635-636 (2004)
The positions Ross & Spurrett (R&S) take on issues of information, causality, functionalism, and emergence are actually implicit in the theory and practice of statistical physics, specifically in the way it relates macroscopic collective coordinates to microscopic physics. The reasons for taking macroscopic physical variables like temperature or magnetization to be real apply equally to mental properties like pain.
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