Philosophy and Simulation: The Emergence of Synthetic Reason

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A&C Black, Mar 24, 2011 - Philosophy - 226 pages
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Contents

Emergence in History
1
The Storm in the Computer
7
Cellular Automata and Patterns of Flow
22
Artificial Chemistries and the Prebiotic Soup
36
Genetic Algorithms and the Prebiotic Soup
48
Genetic Algorithms and Ancient Organisms
65
Neural Nets and Insect Intelligence
80
Neural Nets and Mammalian Memory
94
Multiagents and Primate Strategies
111
Multiagents and Stone Age Economics
128
Multiagents and Primitive Language
146
Multiagents and Archaic States
166
Links to Assemblage Theory
184
Notes
204
Index
223
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Manuel DeLanda is a distinguished writer, artist and philosopher. He began his career in experimental film, later becoming a computer artist and programmer. He is now Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

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