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Nature as a Network of Morphological Infocomputational Processes for Cognitive Agents

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Publication Type:

Journal article

Venue:

European Physical Journal

Publisher:

Springer

DOI:

10.1140/epjst/e2016-60362-9


Abstract

This paper presents a view of nature as a network of infocomputational agents organized in a dynamical hierarchy of levels. It provides a framework for unification of currently disparate understandings of natural, formal, technical, behavioral and social phenomena based on information as a structure, differences in one system that cause the differences in another system, and computation as its dynamics, i.e. physical process of morphological change in the informational structure. We address some of the frequent misunderstandings regarding the natural/morphological computational models and their relationships to physical systems, especially cognitive systems such as living beings. Natural morphological infocomputation as a conceptual framework necessitates generalization of models of computation beyond the traditional Turing machine model presenting symbol manipulation, and requires agent-based concurrent resource-sensitive models of computation in order to be able to cover the whole range of phenomena from physics to cognition. The central role of agency, particularly material vs. cognitive agency is highlighted.

Bibtex

@article{Dodig-Crnkovic4572,
author = {Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic},
title = {Nature as a Network of Morphological Infocomputational Processes for Cognitive Agents},
volume = {226},
pages = {181--195},
month = {February},
year = {2017},
journal = {European Physical Journal},
publisher = {Springer},
url = {http://www.es.mdh.se/publications/4572-}
}