Physical computation as dynamics of form that glues everything together
Journal article, 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.



Natural computationalism



Information dynamics


Gordana Dodig Crnkovic

Information (Switzerland)

20782489 (eISSN)

Vol. 3 2 204-218

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Subject Categories

Computer and Information Science


Other Physics Topics

Computer Science


C3SE (Chalmers Centre for Computational Science and Engineering)



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