Computational Mechanisms and Models of Computation

Philosophia Scientae 18:215-228 (2014)

Abstract
In most accounts of realization of computational processes by physical mechanisms, it is presupposed that there is one-to-one correspondence between the causally active states of the physical process and the states of the computation. Yet such proposals either stipulate that only one model of computation is implemented, or they do not reflect upon the variety of models that could be implemented physically. In this paper, I claim that mechanistic accounts of computation should allow for a broad variation of models of computation. In particular, some non-standard models should not be excluded a priori. The relationship between mathematical models of computation and mechanistically adequate models is studied in more detail.
Keywords computation  non-standard models of computation  mechanistic explanation
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DOI 10.4000/philosophiascientiae.1019
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