Re: Replicator article

From: Liane Gabora (
Date: Mon 24 May 2004 - 07:46:39 GMT

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    Natural selection is but one form of evolution, construed as it was before Darwin in its broadest sense as the change of state of an entity through ongoing interaction with an external world or context. The mathematics of selection theory requires multiple, distinct, simultaneously-actualized states. In cognition, however, each thought or cognitive state changes the selection pressure against which the next is evaluated; they are not simultaneously selected amongst. Creative thought is more a matter of honing in on a vague idea through redescribing successive iterations of it from different real or imagined perspectives; in other words, of manifesting some portion or aspect of what the mind is capable of manifesting, through its interaction with a particular situation or context. It has been proven that the mathematical description of intrinsically contextual situations--that is, wherein our lack of knowledge lies not with respect to the state of the entity itself but with respect to how it interacts with a context---introduces a non-Kolmogorovian probability distribution, and a classical formalism such as selection theory cannot be used. I wont go into the details of the formalism we have been using (its in our papers) but that is the gist of the rationale for NOT using selection theory. Liane

    At 22:24 10/05/2004 -0400, you wrote:
    >Scott's response:
    >Liane, what do you mean by a non-Darwinian evolutionary process?

    Liane Gabora
    <> Center Leo Apostel for Interdisciplinary Studies, VUB, Brussels Ph:
    (32)2.644.26.77 Psychology Department, UC Berkeley, CA 94720-1650 Ph: 510-642-1080

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