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4. Conceptual Emergence And Neural Networks
2017-11-16 16:08
Conceptual emergence occurs when, in order to understand or effectively represent some phenomenon, a different representational apparatus must be introduced at the current working level. Suc… Read More
3. Two Types Of Fundamentality
2017-11-15 12:45
Paul Humphreys, Emergence (OUP, 2016)Today’s entry addresses a type of argument that will be familiar to most of you, the argument that all higher level natural facts in our world logi… Read More
2. The Origin Of The Universe Argument
2017-11-14 16:58
Yesterday we saw, via an example from social psychology, that diachronic approaches to emergence can avoid some of the major problems of synchronic approaches. That motivating example is not… Read More
1. Transformational Emergence
2017-11-13 16:05
Paul Humphreys, Emergence (OUP, 2016)I thank the editors of the Brains Blog for extending this invitation, despite the fact that I am not an expert in neuroscience and related areas of philo… Read More
2017-11-07 14:25
Another book that may be of interest to The Brains Blog community is my Philosophical Foundations of Neurolaw, which is coming out next month. A major aim of the book is to provide an altern… Read More
5. Cultural Inclusive Fitness?
2017-11-03 12:00
The scale of human cooperation If you start with the assumption that biological altruism evolves because the benefits fall on genetic relatives, the scale of human social organization is puz… Read More
4. The Social Organism
2017-11-02 12:00
The ‘cell state’ metaphor In the 19th century, biologists came to appreciate for the first time the fundamentality of the cell to all life on Earth. One of the early pioneers of… Read More
3. Relatedness, Time And Bacteria
2017-11-01 12:00
In Part 1, we saw that cooperative behaviour is rife in the world of microorganisms. The fruiting bodies of myxobacteria and social amoebas are famous, but any bacterial biofilm is held toge… Read More
2. Relatedness And Altruism
2017-10-31 12:00
Haldane’s quip In what circumstances might natural selection favour self-sacrifice? As legend has it, the best known answer to this question was first spoken in a London pub calle… Read More

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