Artificial Life VI

Why Gliders Don't Exist: Anti-Reductionism and Emergence

Joe Faith
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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