Why Gliders Don't Exist: Anti-Reductionism and Emergence
Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems Group, School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.
ALife has always been centrally concerned with the nature and origins of
emergent phenomena and their anti-reductionist implications for our
understanding of complex systems. I argue that the traditional approach to
understanding emergent phenomena in physical systems is still fundamentally
reductionist, and outline an anti-reductionist alternative.
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