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Modeling Life as Cognitive Info-Computation

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Abstract. This article presents a naturalist approach to cognition understood as a network of info-computational, autopoietic processes in living systems. It pro- vides a conceptual framework for the unified view of cognition as evolved from the simplest to the most complex organisms, based on new empirical and theo- retical results. It addresses three fundamental questions: what cognition is, how cognition works and what cognition does at different levels of complexity of living organisms. By explicating the info-computational character of cognition, its evo- lution, agent-dependency and generative mechanisms we can better understand its life-sustaining and life-propagating role. The info-computational approach con- tributes to rethinking cognition as a process of natural computation in living be- ings that can be applied for cognitive computation in artificial systems.


author = {Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic},
title = {Modeling Life as Cognitive Info-Computation},
editor = {Arnold Beckmann, Erzs{\'e}bet Csuhaj-Varj{\'u} and Klaus Meer},
month = {June},
year = {2014},
booktitle = {COMPUTABILITY IN EUROPE 2014},
publisher = {Springer},
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