• Title: Philosophy and Simulation: The Emergence of Synthetic Reason
  • Author: Manuel De Landa
  • ISBN: 9781441170286
  • Page: 275
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Philosophy and Simulation The Emergence of Synthetic Reason In this groundbreaking new book Manuel Delanda analyzes all the different genres of simulation from cellular automata and genetic algorithms to neural nets and multi agent systems as a means to conce
    In this groundbreaking new book, Manuel Delanda analyzes all the different genres of simulation from cellular automata and genetic algorithms to neural nets and multi agent systems as a means to conceptualize the possibility spaces associated with causal and other capacities Simulations allow us to stage actual interactions among a population of agents and to observeIn this groundbreaking new book, Manuel Delanda analyzes all the different genres of simulation from cellular automata and genetic algorithms to neural nets and multi agent systems as a means to conceptualize the possibility spaces associated with causal 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 important as mathematical models in theoretical science As computer power and memory have become cheaper they have migrated to the desktop, where they now play the role that small scale experiments used to play A philosophical examination of the epistemology of simulations is needed to cement this new role, underlining the consequences that simulations may have for materialist philosophy itself This remarkably clear philosophical discussion of a rapidly growing field, from a thinker at the forefront of research at the interface of science and the humanities, is a must read for anyone interested in the philosophy of technology and the philosophy of science at all levels.

    One Reply to “Philosophy and Simulation: The Emergence of Synthetic Reason”

    1. Mixed feelings on this book. It is a goldmine for its quick, readable introductions to various simulations and how they can generate "emergent behavior". This is fascinating stuff.That said, I was a bit disappointed at how little philosophy there seemed to be. I was looking for a bit more exploration of the kinds of far-reaching implications these sorts of experiments might have for how we view the things, whether it be the mind or social structures or the development of language or whatever.Sti [...]

    2. This book is an introduction (I assume) to DeLanda's philosophy, which focuses on emergent properties and how they can emerge from combinations of simpler components with simple properties. A central idea is the ability to use computer simulation to test and verify philosophical hypotheses. To that end, DeLanda describes simulations of a wide variety of topics - everything from the "prebiotic soup" to multicellular life, insects and human societies with economics and hierarchies. Even though thi [...]

    3. It's more useful to read the appendix together with the individual chapters. DeLanda has a gift for taking abstract Deleuzian concepts and explaining them in a very palatable, empirical way. Two key ideas discussed in this work are the concept of the gradient, where different entities affect one another via deterritorialisation and its dissipation, which refers to the formation of boundaries (i.e. territorialisation). These boundaries, it should be noted, are partial and not immutable, since the [...]

    4. i am generally a foreigner to philosophy and quite skepticalhowever this book was quite amazing - it does a case study of cell behavior and thunderstorms and other emergent systems. really great read from a scientific / systems / engineering / modeling perspective anyone doing any sort of systems design should read it. very clear and englightening concept of emergenceat to see how mankind struggles with - neat to compare this book to, say, alexander's 'notes on the synthesis of form' and his 'ge [...]

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