How Downwards Causation Occurs in Digital Computers

@article{Ellis2019HowDC,
  title={How Downwards Causation Occurs in Digital Computers},
  author={George Ellis and Barbara Drossel},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2019},
  volume={abs/1908.10186}
}
  • George Ellis, Barbara Drossel
  • Published 2019
  • Computer Science, Physics
  • ArXiv
  • Digital computers carry out algorithms coded in high level programs. These abstract entities determine what happens at the physical level: they control whether electrons flow through specific transistors at specific times or not, entailing downward causation in both the logical and implementation hierarchies. This paper explores how this is possible in the light of the alleged causal completeness of physics at the bottom level, and highlights the mechanism that enables strong emergence (the… CONTINUE READING

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