Origin Gaps and the Eternal Sunshine of the Second-Order Pendulum

  title={Origin Gaps and the Eternal Sunshine of the Second-Order Pendulum},
  author={Simon Dedeo},
  journal={arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics},
  • S. Dedeo
  • Published 8 December 2017
  • Philosophy, Physics
  • arXiv: History and Philosophy of Physics
The rich experiences of an intentional, goal-oriented life emerge, in an unpredictable fashion, from the basic laws of physics. Here I argue that this unpredictability is no mirage: there are true gaps between life and non-life, mind and mindlessness, and even between functional societies and groups of Hobbesian individuals. These gaps, I suggest, emerge from the mathematics of self-reference, and the logical barriers to prediction that self-referring systems present. Still, a mathematical… 

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