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Info-Computational Philosophy of Nature: An Informational Universe With Computational Dynamics

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Book chapter


Festschrift for Søren Brier


CBS University Press: Copenhagen, Denmark


Starting with the Søren BrierÂ’s Cybersemiotic critique of the existing practice of Wissenshaft, this article develops the argument for an alternative naturalization of knowledge production. It presents the framework of natural info‐computationalism, ICON, as a new Natural Philosophy based on concepts of information (structure) and computation (process). In this approach, which is a synthesis of informationalism (the view that nature is informational) and computationalism (the view that nature computes its own time development), computation is in general not a substrate‐independent disembodied symbol manipulation. Based on the informational character of nature, where matter and informational structure are equivalent, information processing in general is embodied and in general substrate specific. The Turing Machine model of abstract discrete sequential symbol manipulation is a subset of the Natural computing model. With this generalized idea of Natural computing and Informational Structural Realism, Info‐computationalism (ICON), adopting scientific third‐person account, covers the entire list of requirements for naturalist knowledge production framework from (Brier 2010) except for qualia as experienced in a first‐person mode.


author = {Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic},
title = {Info-Computational Philosophy of Nature: An Informational Universe With Computational Dynamics},
editor = {S{\"o}rensen, B., Cobley, P., Thellefsen, T.},
pages = {97--119},
month = {January},
year = {2011},
booktitle = {Festschrift for S{\~A}¸ren Brier},
publisher = {CBS University Press: Copenhagen, Denmark},
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