Active causation and the origin of meaning

@article{Hateren2014ActiveCA,
  title={Active causation and the origin of meaning},
  author={J. H. van Hateren},
  journal={Biological Cybernetics},
  year={2014},
  volume={109},
  pages={33-46}
}
Purpose and meaning are necessary concepts for understanding mind and culture, but appear to be absent from the physical world and are not part of the explanatory framework of the natural sciences. Understanding how meaning (in the broad sense of the term) could arise from a physical world has proven to be a tough problem. The basic scheme of Darwinian… CONTINUE READING