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Physical Computation as Dynamics of Form that Glues Everything Together


Publication Type:

Journal article


Information-An International Interdisciplinary Journal






The framework is proposed where matter can be seen as related to energy in a way structure relates to process and information relates to computation. In this scheme matter corresponds to a structure, which corresponds to information. Energy corresponds to the ability to carry out a process, which corresponds to computation. The relationship between each two complementary parts of each dichotomous pair (matter/energy, structure/process, information/computation) are analogous to the relationship between being and becoming, where being is the persistence of an existing structure while becoming is the emergence of a new structure through the process of interactions. This approach presents a unified view built on two fundamental ontological categories: Information and computation. Conceptualizing the physical world as an intricate tapestry of protoinformation networks evolving through processes of natural computation helps to make more coherent models of nature, connecting non-living and living worlds. It presents a suitable basis for incorporating current developments in understanding of biological/cognitive/social systems as generated by complexification of physicochemical processes through self-organization of molecules into dynamic adaptive complex systems by morphogenesis, adaptation and learning—all of which are understood as information processing.


author = {Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic},
title = {Physical Computation as Dynamics of Form that Glues Everything Together},
note = {},
volume = {3},
number = {2},
pages = {204--218},
month = {April},
year = {2012},
journal = {Information},
publisher = {MDNP},
url = {}