Systems with emergent dynamics
UNSPECIFIED (2002) Systems with emergent dynamics. In: 5th International Conference on Computing Anticipatory Systems, AUG 13-18, 2001, LIEGE, BELGIUM.Full text not available from this repository.
Evolutionary biologists often reject deterministic models of evolutionary processes because they equate 'deterministic' with 'goal-seeking', and have learned the hard way not to trust goal-seeking explanations of evolutionary adaptations. On the other hand, the general theory of dynamical systems potentially has much to offer for evolutionary biology-for example, as a resolution of the conflict between gradualism and punctuated equilibrium. The concept of a system with emergent dynamics retains the deterministic nature of dynamical systems, while eliminating any goal-seeking interpretation. Define an emergent property of a complex system to be a property whose computation from the entity-level rules of the system is intractable (in some reasonable sense). Say that a dynamical system has emergent dynamics if the computation of trajectories is intractable. Then systems with emergent dynamics are deterministic but not goal-seeking. As such, they offer a sensible way to use dynamical systems as models for evolutionary processes in biology, and in other areas. We discuss these issues and examine a few simple aspects of emergence in dynamical systems.
|Item Type:||Conference Item (UNSPECIFIED)|
|Subjects:||Q Science > QC Physics|
|Series Name:||AIP CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS|
|Journal or Publication Title:||COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS|
|Publisher:||AMER INST PHYSICS|
|Number of Pages:||10|
|Page Range:||pp. 27-36|
|Title of Event:||5th International Conference on Computing Anticipatory Systems|
|Location of Event:||LIEGE, BELGIUM|
|Date(s) of Event:||AUG 13-18, 2001|
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