Monday, 14 May 2012

Physical Computation as Dynamics of Form that Glues Everything Together

an article by Gordana Dodig Crnkovic (Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden) published in Information Volume 3 (26 April 2012)


The framework is proposed where matter can be seen as related to energy in a way structure relates to process and information relates to computation.

In this scheme matter corresponds to a structure, which corresponds to information. Energy corresponds to the ability to carry out a process, which corresponds to computation. The relationship between each two complementary parts of each dichotomous pair (matter/energy, structure/process, information/computation) are analogous to the relationship between being and becoming, where being is the persistence of an existing structure while becoming is the emergence of a new structure through the process of interactions.

This approach presents a unified view built on two fundamental ontological categories: Information and computation. Conceptualizing the physical world as an intricate tapestry of protoinformation networks evolving through processes of natural computation helps to make more coherent models of nature, connecting non-living and living worlds.

It presents a suitable basis for incorporating current developments in understanding of biological/cognitive/social systems as generated by complexification of physicochemical processes through self-organization of molecules into dynamic adaptive complex systems by morphogenesis, adaptation and learning – all of which are understood as information processing.

Full text (PDF 15pp)

Hazel’s comment:
I will freely admit that I did not understand all of this article despite having read it twice. What I did understand I found fascinating.

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