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Networks and Causation Top-Down

Networks and Causation Top-Down

Gennaro Auletta, “Networks and Causation Top-Down,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 72, no. 1 (2016): 171–80, DOI 10.17990/RPF/2016_72_1_0171

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Networks and Causation Top-Down

Type Journal Article
Author Gennaro Auletta
Rights © 2016 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2016 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Volume 72
Issue 1
Pages 171-180
Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
ISSN 0870-5283; 2183-461X
Date 2016
DOI 10.17990/RPF/2016_72_1_0171
Language English
Abstract Top-down causation can emerge only through a particular combination of formal constraints and physical-chemical processes. However, constraints of this kind are ubiquitous in nature but do not display top-down processes in the abiotic world. The notion of the network can help us to bridge this gap and let understand how recurrent operations and the necessity of codes for controlling them allows the emerging of control, which is crucial for having top-down causation.
Date Added 13/04/2016, 16:26:09
Modified 13/04/2016, 16:49:34


  • code
  • information control
  • network
  • top-down causation




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