Context: Workshop: Do living things compute? More fascinating collaboration from the Santa Fe Institute. In short and in gestalt: it all seems to invoke a form of computation that is neither particular or distributed but is both simultaneously; that is not finite or discrete in the sense of having easily-defined or simply-encapsulated boundaries; and it's…
If we seek to explain sentience and consciousness we might not be particularly comforted by what we ultimately discover.
Does the plausible and probable distributed computation of the hyper-extended cognitive technologies of our material culture generate us just as much as we generate it?
From an Algorithmic Information Theory and general systems perspective, matter can be conceived of as an optimally concise algorithmic compression of energy.
What is it that binds the Cosmos to unified principles and patterns of physical laws and constants ?
Can the Universe be said to be computational ? Algorithmic ? Can distantly-connected parts of a unified physical totality really manifest computation as we currently understand it ?