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What’s missing from theories of information

Information and the nature of reality: From physics to metaphysics. Paul Davies and Niels Henrik Gregersen (Eds.) Cambridge University Press, 2010. PDF: What’sMissingFromInformation

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Teleology For The Perplexed: How Matter Began To Matter

Abstract: Lacking a plausible model for the emergence of telos (purposive, representational, and evaluative relationships, as in life and consciousness) from simple material and energetic processes, the sciences operate as though all teleological relationships are physically epiphenomenal. Alternatively, in religion and the humanities it

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Emergence: The Hole at the Wheel’s Hub

From: Clayton and Davies – The Re-Emergence of Emergence 05-clayton-chap-05-new PDF: 

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Eliminativism, Complexity and Emergence

PDF: EliminativismComplexityEmergence

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The Emergence of Self

PDF: DeaconHaagOgilvy_Self

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The Physical Origins of Purposive Systems

PDF: Deacon-Sherman_PurposiveSystems (Krois)

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Reciprocal Linkage between Self-organizing Processes is Sufficient for Self-reproduction and Evolvability

Abstract Asimplemolecular system (“autocell”) is described consisting of the reciprocal linkage between an autocatalytic cycle and a self-assembling encapsulation process where the molecular constituents for the capsule are products of the autocatalysis. In a molecular environment sufficiently rich in the substrates, capsule growthwill also occur with

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Evolution and intelligence: beyond the argument from design.

PDF: BeyondDesignMS_Deacon

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The Pattern Which Connects Pleroma to Creatura: the Autocell Bridge from Physics to Life

Abstract: By his own standards Gregory Bateson was unsuccessful in his life-long quest to explain how the informational or living realm (creatura) could emerge out of the energetic or physical realm (pleroma). Drawing upon recent insights in self-organization theory, the authors suggest a

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What Connects the Map to the Territory?

by Tyrone Cashman Abstract: Bateson left an unresolved ambiguity in his explanation of the relationship of the mind to the world, the map to the territory. This ambiguity is related to his failure to develop a theory of intentionality, reference, “aboutness.”

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