Discussion on autonomy
A few people have agreed that we should hold a seminar on the notion of autonomy, perhaps next week. Since there is going to be no Alergic seminar after this week’s Life and Mind meeting, maybe it would be a good idea for those interested in guiding the presentation to meet up afterwards in order to discuss the format. As far as I remember that means Eduardo, Nathaniel, and me…
Sometime last week me and Nathaniel also came up with the idea that we could perhaps make use of the work that we put into this by coming up with a combined paper on autonomy for the next ECAL. I talked to Fernando and he seems to welcome the idea of having some good philosophical papers in the proceedings! ;-)
What would interest me is how we could justify the claim that organisms with their self-producing organization can be said to be somehow free from complete physical determination. In other words, what does it mean to say instead that the autopoietic organization constrains and is constrained by matter? I think Ezequiel might have touched on this issue in his last paper on adaptivity, but I’m still not completely clear on this reversed form/matter relationship.