Leibovitz, D. P. (2009) Emergic Memories: A Model of Emergent Properties. Poster presented at the Cognitive Science Spring Conference of Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. [doi: 10.13140/RG.2.1.3005.8722]
- In physics, there is no mystery behind emergence (Crane 2001). Explanatory bridges between levels of analysis are mostly complete. Emergence is considered as “weak” and the a-priori unpredictability of these bridges is considered an epistemological problem – not ontological. It is noteworthy that the current analytical toolset of physics is based on behaviours and continuous change – a process metaphysics (PM).
- In cognition, their are no accepted bridges between the mental and physical divide and “strong” ontological versions of emergence remain viable. Without empirical support, rational thought has produced a proliferating plethora of possible flavours and sources of emergence. It is noteworthy that the analytical tradition of cognition is based on static substances with properties – a substance metaphysics (SM).
- Purpose of the Emergic Memory Model
- Ground debate in simple (yet empirically real) parts, wholes & relations
- Basis for comparison and discussion among competing hypotheses
- Generate new insights and hypothesis
- Emergence is due to epistemological incompleteness and objectification errors
- Based on change, yet has substance-like properties
- A substance/process metaphysics hybrid
- The locus of emergic debate?