Quantifying weak emergence

Minds and Machines 18 (4):461-473 (2008)
Abstract
The concept of weak emergence is a refinement or specification of the intuitive, general notion of emergence. Basically, a fact about a system is said to be weakly emergent if its holding both (i) is derivable from the fundamental laws of the system together with some set of basic (non-emergent) facts about it, and yet (ii) is only derivable in a particular manner, called “simulation.” This essay analyzes the application of this notion Conway’s Game of Life, and concludes that a modification of the notion would provide a better refinement of the general notion of emergence. It is proposed that emergence be taken as a matter of degree, defined in terms of the amount of simulation required to derive a fact.
Keywords Computation   Emergence   Simulation
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11023-008-9123-5
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history
Request removal from index
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 27,215
Through your library
References found in this work BETA
Logic, Logic, and Logic.George Boolos - 1998 - Harvard University Press.
Weak Emergence.Mark A. Bedau - 1997 - Philosophical Perspectives 11 (s11):375-399.
Kurt Gödel, Collected Works.Solomon Feferman (ed.) - 1995 - Oxford University Press.
A Curious Inference.George Boolos - 1987 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 16 (1):1 - 12.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
Is Weak Emergence Just in the Mind?Mark A. Bedau - 2008 - Minds and Machines 18 (4):443-459.
Royce's Model of the Absolute.Eric Steinhart - 2012 - Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society 48 (3):356-384.
Complexity-Based Theories of Emergence: Criticisms and Constraints.Kari L. Theurer - 2014 - International Studies in the Philosophy of Science 28 (3):277-301.
Ontology in the Game of Life.Eric Steinhart - 2012 - Axiomathes 22 (3):403-416.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Two Conceptions of the Emergence of Phonemic Structure.Irene Appelbaum - 2004 - Foundations of Science 9 (4):415-435.
Strong and Weak Emergence.David J. Chalmers - 2006 - In P. Davies & P. Clayton (eds.), The Re-Emergence of Emergence. Oxford University Press.
Computational and Conceptual Emergence.Paul Humphreys - 2008 - Philosophy of Science 75 (5):584-594.
Emergence and Adaptation.Philippe Huneman - 2008 - Minds and Machines 18 (4):493-520.
Weak Emergence.Mark A. Bedau - 1997 - Philosophical Perspectives 11 (s11):375-399.
Is Weak Emergence Just in the Mind?Mark A. Bedau - 2008 - Minds and Machines 18 (4):443-459.
Synchronic and Diachronic Emergence.Paul Humphreys - 2008 - Minds and Machines 18 (4):431-442.

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-01-28

Total downloads

67 ( #77,865 of 2,164,580 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

2 ( #188,391 of 2,164,580 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.

Other forums