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Philosophy | Epistemic Complexity and Knowledge Construction - Morphogenesis, symbolic dynamics and beyond

Epistemic Complexity and Knowledge Construction

Morphogenesis, symbolic dynamics and beyond

Carsetti, A.

2013, X, 151 p.

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  • A unique account of the state of art of both theoretical and modelistic issues in the present-day research on Epistemic Complexity
  • Focuses on Entropy, algorithmic complexity and self-referentiality
  • Discusses Cellular automata, self-organisation theory, Teleonomical processes and symbolic dynamics

A unique account of the state of art of both theoretical and modelistic issues in the present-day research on Epistemic Complexity

·         Focuses on entropy, algorithmic complexity, self-referentiality, teleonomical processes and symbolic dynamics.

·         Discusses cellular automata, self-organization theory, biological computing, non standard models  and the emergence of meaning in knowledge construction.

Pace Kant, at the level of a biological cognitive system sensibility is not a simple interface between absolute  chance and an invariant intellectual order. On the contrary, the reference procedures, if successful, are able to modulate canalization and create the basis for the appearance of ever-new frames of incompressibility through morphogenesis. This is not a question of discovering and directly exploring (according, for instance, to Putnam’s conception) new “territories”, but of offering ourselves as the matrix and arch through which they can spring autonomously in accordance with ever increasing levels of complexity. There is no casual autonomous process already in existence, and no possible selection and synthesis activity via a possible “remnant” through reference procedures considered as a form of simple regimentation. These procedures are, in actual fact, functional to the construction and irruption of new incompressibility: meaning, as Forma formans, offers the possibility of creating a holistic anchorage, and is exactly what allows the categorial apparatus to emerge and act according to a coherent “arborization”. However, at the biological level,  what is innate is the result of an evolutionary process and is “programmed” by natural selection. Natural selection is the coder once linked to the emergence of meaning: at the same time,  this emergence process is indissolubly correlated to the continuous construction of new formats in accordance with the unfolding of ever new mathematics, a mathematics that necessarily moulds coder’s activity.  Hence the necessity of articulating and inventing a mathematics capable of engraving itself in an evolutionary landscape in accordance with the opening up of meaning. In this sense, for instance, the realms of non standard-models and non-standard analysis represent, today,  a fruitful perspective in order to point out, in mathematical terms, some of the basic concepts concerning the articulation of an adequate intentional information theory. This individuation, on the other side, presents itself not only as an important theoretical achievement but also as one of the essential bases of our very evolution as intelligent organisms. The objectivity of Reality is also proportionate to the autonomy reached by cognitive processes.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Complexity - Constructivism - Epistemology - Knowledge - Self-Organisation

Related subjects » Cognitive Psychology - Complexity - Philosophy - Theoretical Computer Science

Table of contents 


Dedication.- Acknowledgements.- 1. Complexity, Self-Organization and Natural Evolution. - 1. Entropy and the “intermediate state”.- 2. Algorithmic complexity and self-referentiality .- 3. Cellular automata and self-organization. - 2. Embodiment Processes and Biological Computing.- 1. The game of life and the alternative splicing. - 2. The interface between ruler and coder.- 3. The recipe at work: the role of the simulation tools at the evolutionary level.- 4. Reflexive domains vs. self-organizing domains. - 3. Randomness, Semantic Information and Limitations Procedures. - 1. Logic and probability: the role of constituents. - 2. Semantic information and algorithmic complexity.- 3. Surface information vs. depth information: the biological computer.- 4. Non-standard models and limitation procedures.- 4. Natural Language and Boolean Semantics: the Genesis of the Cognitive Code. - 1.Intensional  language and natural logic.- 2. Logic and ontology.- 3. Meaning as use and the unfolding of cognitive activity.- 5. Morphogenesis and the Emergence of Meaning. - 1. Eigenforms, categorial  intuitions and  rational perception.- 2. Meaning clarification and the "thinking I".- 3. Knowledge and Reality: the role of conceptual constructions. - Name Index.- Subject Index.


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