The Nature of Consciousness

Piero Scaruffi

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These are excerpts and elaborations from my book "The Nature of Consciousness"

The Emergence of a Science of Emergence

Theories such as Prigogine's non-equilibrium Thermodynamics, Haken's Synergetics, Von Bertalanffy's General Systems Theory and Kauffman's complex adaptive systems all point to the same scenario: the origin of life from inorganic matter is due to nonlinear processes of self-organization.  The same processes account for “emergent” phenomena at different levels in the organization of the universe, and, in particular, for cognition. Cognition appears to be a general property of systems, not an exclusive one of the human mind.


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