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Philosophy and simulation : the emergence of synthetic reason

Author: Manuel De Landa
Publisher: London ; Oxford ; New York ; New Delhi ; Sydney : Bloomsbury, 2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book analyzes different genres of simulation (from cellular automata and generic algorithms to neural nets and multi-agent systems) as a means to conceptualize the possibility spaces associated with casual (and other) capacities. Simulations allow us to stage actual interactions among a population of agents and to observe the emergent wholes that result from those interactions. Simulations have become as  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Manuel De Landa
ISBN: 1474252842 9781474252843
OCLC Number: 903080229
Description: vi, 226 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction: Emergence in History \ 1. The Storm in the Computer \ 2. Cellular Automata and Patterns of Flow \ 3. Artificial Chemistries and the Prebiotic Soup \ 4. Genetic Algorithms and the Prebiotic Soup \ 5. Genetic Algorithms and Ancient Organisms \ 6. Neural Nets and Insect Intelligence \ 7. Neural Nets and Mammalian Memory \ 8. Multiagents and Primate Strategies \ 9. Multiagents and Stone Age Economics \ 10. Multiagents and Primitive Language \ 11. Multiagents and Archaic States \ Appendix: Links to Assemblage Theory \ Index
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Provides a philosophical overview of the rapidly growing field of computer simulations. In this book, the author analyzes all the different genres of simulation (from cellular automata and genetic  Read more...

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