Downward Causality

From: "Douglas S. Blank"
Date: Tue, November 13, 2007 9:29 am

Emergenauts,
Tomorrow I'll lead a discussion on the idea of "Downward Causality" from the book "The Re-emergence of Emergence". The basic question is: is the world just "bottom-up", or is there room for "top-down" causation? For example, do "ideas" cause things to happen? Or is it all "just" Physics? We'll again meet at 8am, Park Science, room 230. Muffins, scones, and coffee served.

-Doug

Anne Dalke's picture

I found one of the chapters of the book, "The Re-emergence of emergence", on-line:
http://www.ctnsstars.org/conferences/papers/The%20physics%20of%20downward%20causation.pdf

The paper was presented at one of the conferences of the Science and Transcendence Advanced Research series. Or perhaps I should say: Warning: the paper was presented at one of the conferences of the Science and Transcendence Advanced Research series.
-Doug