By what empirical means can a person determine whether he or she is presently awake or dreaming? Any conceivable test addressing this question, which is a special case of the classical metaphysical doubting of reality, must be statistical (for the same reason that empirical science is, as noted by Hume).
Category: Complex Systems
Evolutionary artificial life systems have demonstrated many exciting behaviors. However, there is a general consensus that these systems are missing some element of the consistent evolutionary innovation that we see in nature.
The concept of emergence is controversial to some – for example Eliezer Yudkowski, who favors reductionism, wrote a critique at Less Wrong (see link below). Do reductionists often dismiss emergence? Ben formalized emergence in his book ‘The Evolving Mind’ as...
Stephen Wolfram recently gave a talk in the Studio Villa Bosch conference center: “The Future of Computation & Knowledge.”
Videos by president of the Santa Fe Institute David Krakauer discussing intelligence, complexity, and more.
Distributed Human-based Genetic Algorithms What we know is that human based genetic algorithms can utilize the Darwinian process of “natural selection” to evolve a candidate solution. Human based genetic algorithms utilize the human as the selector and innovator. The data...
Mesoscopic brain dynamics usually refers to the neural activity or dynamics at intermediate scales of the nervous system, at levels between neurons and the entire brain.
Responsible development of new technologies critical in complex, connected world.