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Complexity And “closure To Efficient Causation”


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I found this paper after a search for ‘hypersets’. I found it interesting. Thought a few of you might like to peruse it.




Anthony Chemero and Michael T. Turvey



This paper has two main purposes. First, it will provide an

introductory discussion of hyperset theory, and show that it

is useful for modeling complex systems. Second, it will use

hyperset theory to analyze Robert Rosen’s metabolism, repair

systems and his claim that living things are closed to

efficient cause. It will also briefly compare closure to

efficient cause to two other understandings of autonomy,

operational closure and catalytic closure.



I asked a scholarly friend of mine what he thought about it and here is what he said…


“My only gripe about the paper is that at the end they conclude that artificial life in the form of a computable system is possible….if you just use a definition of life other than Rosen’s…and then they try to use that conclusion to say that Rosen was wrong about artificial life in the form of a computable system. In fact, they don’t even bother (or don’t want) to notice that they consider different definitions of life (actually, they use the word “autonomy” but they use to mean “life”) as somehow different but equal. Oh well.” - Tim Gwinn

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Nice. :)

I've set the link in faves and get a look when I've got a little time.

(I know, I know. "What the hell is free time?" lol )

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Very cool Karhoof.


Yeah it will take me a while to digest this paper. I've even ordered a book called "Non-well-founded Sets" by Peter Aczel to help me.

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