From Complexity to Creativity
Explorations in Evolutionary, Autopoietic, and Cognitive Dynamics (IFSR International Series on Systems Science and Engineering)
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|Format: ||Paperback, 376 pages, Softcover reprint of Edition|
|Other Information: ||4 black & white illustrations, biography|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 March 2013|
Cybernetic pioneer Warren McCullough asked: "What is a man, that he may know a number; and what is a number, that a man may know it?" Thinking along much the same lines, my question here is: "What is a creative mind, that it might emerge from a complex system; and what is a complex system, that it might give rise to a creative mind?" Complexity science is a fashionable topic these days. My perspective on complexity, however, is a somewhat unusual one: I am interested in complex systems science principally as it reflects on abstract mathematical, computational models of mind. In my three previous books, The Structure of Intelligence, Evolving Mind, and Chaotic Logic, I have outlined a comprehensive complex-systems-theoretic theory of mind that I now call the psynet model. This book is a continuation of the research program presented in my previous books (and those books will be frequently referred to here, by the nicknames EM and CL). One might summarize the trajectory of thought spanning these four books as follows. SI formulated a philosophy and mathem- ics of mind, based on theoretical computer science and the concept of "pattern. " EM analyzed the theory of evolution by natural selection in similar terms, and used this computational theory of evolution to establish the evolutionary nature of thought.
Table of Contents
Introduction. Prelude: On Complex Systems Science. Dynamics, Evolution, Autopoiesis. The Psynet Model. A Model of Cortical Dynamics. Perception and Mindspace Curvature. Dynamics and Pattern. Evolution and Dynamics. Magician Systems. The Structure of Consciousness. Fractals and Sentence Production. Dream Dynamics. Artificial Selfhood. Subself Dynamics. On the Dynamics of Creativity. Index.
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