Reality construction through info-computation
Paper in proceedings, 2014

Some intriguing questions such as: What is reality for an agent? How does reality of a bacterium differ from a reality of a human brain? Do we need representation in order to understand reality? are still widely debated. Starting with the presentation of the computing nature as an info-computational framework, where information is defined as a structure, and computation as information processing, I will address questions of evolution of increasingly complex living agents through interactions with the environment. In this context, the concept of computation will be discussed and the sense in which computation is observer-relative. Using the results on morphological/morphogenetic computation as information self- organization I argue that reality for an agent is a result of networked agent-based computation. Consciousness is a (computational) process of information integration that evolved in organisms with nervous system. I present an argument why pancomputationalism (computing nature) is a sound scientific strategy and why panpsychism is not.

Author

Gordana Dodig Crnkovic

Chalmers, Applied Information Technology (Chalmers)

Proceedings of the 50th Anniversary Convention of the AISB

Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Subject Categories

Computer and Information Science

Philosophy

Computer Science

Infrastructure

C3SE (Chalmers Centre for Computational Science and Engineering)

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10/7/2017