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John Collier
University of KwaZulu-Natal
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    Complexly Organised Dynamical Systems.John D. Collier & Clifford A. Hooker - 1999 - Open Systems and Information Dynamics 6 (3):241–302.
    Both natural and engineered systems are fundamentally dynamical in nature: their defining properties are causal, and their functional capacities are causally grounded. Among dynamical systems, an interesting and important sub-class are those that are autonomous, anticipative and adaptive (AAA). Living systems, intelligent systems, sophisticated robots and social systems belong to this class, and the use of these terms has recently spread rapidly through the scientific literature. Central to understanding these dynamical systems is their complicated organisation and their consequent capacities for (...)
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    Causation is the Transfer of Information.John D. Collier - 1999 - In Howard Sankey (ed.), Causation and Laws of Nature. Kluwer Academic Publishers. pp. 215--245.
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  3. Intrinsic Information.John D. Collier - 1990 - In Philip P. Hanson (ed.), Information, Language and Cognition. University of British Columbia Press. pp. 1--390.
     
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  4. The Dynamical Basis of Emergence in Natural Hierarchies.John D. Collier & Scott J. Muller - 1998 - In G. L. Farre & T. Oksala (eds.), Emergence, Complexity, Hierarchy, Organization, Selected and Edited Papers From the Echo Iii Conference. Acta Polytechnica Scandinavica.
    Since the origins of the notion of emergence in attempts to recover the content of vitalistic anti-reductionism without its questionable metaphysics, emergence has been treated in terms of logical properties. This approach was doomed to failure, because logical properties are either sui generis or they are constructions from other logical properties. If the former, they do not explain on their own and are inevitably somewhat arbitrary (the problem with the related concept of supervenience, Collier, 1988a), but if the latter, reducibility (...)
     
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    Could I Conceive Being a Brain in a Vat?John D. Collier - 1990 - Australasian Journal of Philosophy 68 (4):413 – 419.
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  6. Two Faces of Maxwell's Demon Reveal the Nature of Irreversibility.John D. Collier - 1990 - Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part A 21 (2):257.
    demon thought experiment remains ambiguous even today. One of the most delightful thought It seems that Maxwell originally invoked experiments in the history of physical science is..
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    Reduction, Supervenience, and Physical Emergence.John D. Collier - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (5):629-630.
    After distinguishing reductive explanability in principle from ontological deflation, I give a case of an obviously physical property that is reductively inexplicable in principle. I argue that biological systems often have this character, and that, if we make certain assumptions about the cohesion and dynamics of the mind and its physical substrate, then it is emergent according to Broad's criteria.
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    Critical Notice of Paul Thomson's The Structure of Biological Theories.John D. Collier - 1992 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 22 (2):287-298.
    In this critical notice, I argue that the semantic view championed by Thompson no logical advantage over the syntactic view of theories, especially in the area of interpretation. Each weakness of the syntactic view has a corresponding weakness in the semantic view. In principle the two are not different in power, but it is sometimes better to adopt one rather than the other, for practical reasons. I agree with Thompson that many issues in the philosophy of biology can be illuminated (...)
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    Letter to the Editor.John D. Collier - 1988 - Biology and Philosophy 3 (4):501-503.
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    Critical Notice.John D. Collier - 1992 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 22 (2):287-298.
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  11. Saving the Distinctions: Distinctions as the Epistemologically Significant Content of Experience.Konrad Talmont-Kaminski & John D. Collier - 2004 - In Johann Christian Marek & Maria Elisabeth Reicher (eds.), Contributions of the Austrian Ludwig Wittgenstein Society Xii. Austrian L. Wittgenstein Society, Kirchberg.
    To account for a perceived distinction it is necessary to postulate a real distinction. Our process of experiencing the world is one of, mostly unconscious, interpretation of observed distinctions to provide us with a partial world-picture that is sufficient to guide action. The distinctions, themselves, are acorrigible (they do not have a truth value), directly perceived, structured, and capable of being interpreted. Interpreted experience is corrigible, representational and capable of guiding action. Since interpretation is carried out mostly unconsciously and in (...)
     
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    The Structure of Biological Theories.John D. Collier - 1992 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 22 (2):287-298.
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    Vaulting Ambition.John D. Collier - 1987 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 17 (4):881-893.
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    Critical Notice.John D. Collier - 1987 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 17 (4):881-893.
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  15. Timeless Laws in a Changing World: Reconciling Physics and Biology.John D. Collier - unknown
    A major goal of science is to discover laws that underlie all regular phenomena. This goal is best satisfied by eternal principles that leave fundamental properties unchanged and unchangeable. Science has been forced to accept that some processes, especially biological processes, are inherently time oriented. It can either forgo the ideal of universal principles, and account for temporality through specific boundary conditions, or else incorporate the sources of change directly into fundamental principles that are the same for all times and (...)
     
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    Tachyons and Causal Theories of Space-Time.John D. Collier & Steven Savitt - 1988 - Philosophie Et Culture: Actes du XVIIe Congrès Mondial de Philosophie 3:155-159.
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