Abstraction, Emergence, and Thought

  • Russ Abbott
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 4612)


My research focuses on the relationships among abstraction, emergence (as in the study of complex systems), and the externalization of thought as software-in particular, on the application of computer science perspectives, especially abstraction, to long-standing philosophical issues.


Abstraction emergence thought externalization 


  1. 1.
    Abbott, R.: Emergence Explained: Abstractions: Getting epiphenomena to do real work. Complexity 12(1), 13–26 (2006)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Abbott, R.: If a tree casts a shadow is it telling the time (A revised version to appear in the International Journal of Unconventional Computation.). In: Calude, C.S., Dinneen, M.J., Păun, G., Rozenberg, G., Stepney, S. (eds.) UC 2006. LNCS, vol. 4135, pp. 41–56. Springer, Heidelberg (2006)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Russ Abbott
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  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, California State University, Los Angeles, Ca. 

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