InterJournal Complex Systems, 139
Status: Accepted
Manuscript Number: [139]
Submission Date: 971024
Complexity and Functionality: A Search for the Where, the When, and the How
Author(s): Piet Hut ,Brian Goodwin ,Stuart Kauffman

Subject(s): CX.15, CX.17

Category: Brief Article

Abstract:

We discuss three approaches to a study of complexity: the reductionist stance; a search for new laws; and a search for a new aspect of reality, besides space and time. We focus on the latter, introducing the term `sense' as a candidate for such a third aspect. We point out some of the ramifications of such a move for the subject/object relationship in physics and in biology.

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