Causality, Meaningful Complexity and Embodied Cognition

  • A. Carsetti
Conference proceedings

Part of the Theory and Decision Library A: book series (TDLA, volume 46)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlviii
  2. Consciousness, Intentionality and Self-Organization

  3. Truth, Randomness and Impredicativity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 76-76
    2. Sergio Galvan
      Pages 113-124
  4. Complexity, Incomputability and Emergence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 126-126
    2. Gregory Chaitin
      Pages 127-133
    3. Edwin Beggs, José Félix Costa, John V. Tucker
      Pages 155-183
  5. Epistemic Complexity and Causality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Raffaella Campaner, Maria Carla Galavotti
      Pages 211-229
  6. Embodied Cognition and Knowledge Construction

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 301-315

About these proceedings


Arturo Carsetti According to molecular Biology, true invariance (life) can exist only within the framework of ongoing autonomous morphogenesis and vice versa. With respect to this secret dialectics, life and cognition appear as indissolubly interlinked. In this sense, for instance, the inner articulation of conceptual spaces appears to be linked to an inner functional development based on a continuous activity of selection and “anchorage” realised on semantic grounds. It is the work of “invention” and g- eration (in invariance), linked with the “rooting” of meaning, which determines the evolution, the leaps and punctuated equilibria, the conditions related to the unfo- ing of new modalities of invariance, an invariance which is never simple repetition and which springs on each occasion through deep-level processes of renewal and recovery. The selection perpetrated by meaning reveals its autonomy aboveall in its underpinning, in an objective way, the ongoing choice of these new modalities. As such it is not, then, concerned only with the game of “possibles”, offering itself as a simple channel for pure chance, but with providing a channel for the articulation of the “ le” in the humus of a semantic (and embodied) net in order to prepare the necessary conditionsfor a continuousrenewal and recoveryof original creativity. In effect, it is this autonomy in inventing new possible modules of incompressibility whichdeterminestheactualemergenceofnew(andtrue)creativity,whichalsotakes place through the “narration” of the effected construction.


Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz NC boolean satisfiability problem code complexity computability constant information knowledge metaphysics mind reason subject truth

Editors and affiliations

  • A. Carsetti
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  1. 1.Facoltà di Lettere e FilosofiaUniversità di Roma - Tor VergataRomaItaly

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