Not Emergence as Emergence: Emergence in Artificial Intelligence and in Philosophy of Mind


Hardly any concept is as frequented as emergence in current cognitive science. For many authors it has become solution of eternal psychophysical problem, for many it has been only a mysterious incantation in regard to this. This poster should point out that concept of emergence as well as many other promising concepts has a fundamental problem with determination, definition and usage. The thesis is evident from the title: not emergence as emergence, or better: like emergence, not like emergence. There are many different concepts of emergence. The contribution is based on the belief that the confrontation of artificial intelligence with philosophy of mind, the comparison of these two areas in which emergence occurs very often, could be interesting and could enable to formulate or outline certain tendencies in understanding and using of the concept.

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