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Physical Computation as Dynamics of Form that Glues Everything Together
Design and Engineering, School of Innovation, Mälardalen University, Västerås, 72123, Sweden
Received: 1 March 2012; in revised form: 14 April 2012 / Accepted: 18 April 2012 / Published: 26 April 2012
Abstract: The framework is proposed where matter can be seen as related to energy in a way structure relates to process and information relates to computation. In this scheme matter corresponds to a structure, which corresponds to information. Energy corresponds to the ability to carry out a process, which corresponds to computation. The relationship between each two complementary parts of each dichotomous pair (matter/energy, structure/process, information/computation) are analogous to the relationship between being and becoming, where being is the persistence of an existing structure while becoming is the emergence of a new structure through the process of interactions. This approach presents a unified view built on two fundamental ontological categories: Information and computation. Conceptualizing the physical world as an intricate tapestry of protoinformation networks evolving through processes of natural computation helps to make more coherent models of nature, connecting non-living and living worlds. It presents a suitable basis for incorporating current developments in understanding of biological/cognitive/social systems as generated by complexification of physicochemical processes through self-organization of molecules into dynamic adaptive complex systems by morphogenesis, adaptation and learning—all of which are understood as information processing.
Keywords: information/computation; matter/energy; structure/process; information dynamics; natural computationalism; info-computationalism
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Dodig Crnkovic, G. Physical Computation as Dynamics of Form that Glues Everything Together. Information 2012, 3, 204-218.
Dodig Crnkovic G. Physical Computation as Dynamics of Form that Glues Everything Together. Information. 2012; 3(2):204-218.
Dodig Crnkovic, Gordana. 2012. "Physical Computation as Dynamics of Form that Glues Everything Together." Information 3, no. 2: 204-218.