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Autor: Shyam Wuppuluri
ISBN-13: 9783319724775
Einband: Book
Seiten: 641
Gewicht: 1156 g
Format: 241x161x45 mm
Sprache: Englisch

The Map and the Territory

The Frontiers Collection
Exploring the Foundations of Science, Thought and Reality
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Shyam Wuppuluri is working as a research associate for R. N. Podar institute. A computer science graduate, he has a long-standing interest in various areas of philosophy, theoretical physics, mathematics and cognitive science. Prior to this, he edited the volume "Space, time and limits of human understanding, foreword by John Stachel, afterword by Noam Chomsky", which was published in Springer's Frontiers Collection, 2016.
Asks deep questions and provides many stimulating answers
Philosophy -- Philosophy of Abstraction. Ontological/Epistemological distinction. Thought vs Reality. Generalization vs Contextuality. Theoretical Physics: Space, Time, Dimension, Force, Wave Functions, Operators, Fields, Strings etc., Are they real? Transition/Correspondence between theories and reality. Various tangled loops and circular definitions at the foundations of Science. Mathematics: Magnitude -- Number, Sets, Classes, Functions, Abstract mathematical structures/objects, Platonism and various schools of thought. Information Theory/ Computing/Logic: Information is everything. Aspects of computability and undecidability in our very map (Theories and Constructs) and how far they leak into the territory (reality). Biology/Cognitive Science: Perception -- how our map of the territory and thereby the very territory itself is fenced by the evolution. Brain/Mind and the extent they let us patch the reality with percepts. Map and Territory, an illusion? From a cognitive viewpoint.

List of authors who have accepted: ( = tentative)

· Ian Stewart, University of Warwick, England.

· William G Unruh, University of British Columbia, Canada.

· Gregory Chaitin, IBM and his wife Virginia Chaitin.

· Simon Saunders ( ), Oxford University, Oxford.

· Simon Kochen( ), Princeton University.
· Marcelo Gleiser, Professor of physics at Dartmouth.

· José Acacio de Barros, Associate professor at San Francisco State.

· Tian Yu Cao, Boston University.

· David Wolpert, Santa Fe Institute.
· Vlatko Vedral, University of Oxford.

· Edward Slowik, Winona State University, USA. <

· Steven Weinstein, University of Waterloo.

· Eors Szathmary, Munich and Eötvös University.
· Barry Dainton, University of Liverpool.

· John Searle ( ), University of California.
This volume presents essays by pioneering thinkers including Tyler Burge, Gregory Chaitin, Daniel Dennett, Barry Mazur, Nicholas Humphrey, John Searle and Ian Stewart. Together they illuminate the Map/Territory Distinction that underlies at the foundation of the scientific method, thought and the very reality itself.
It is imperative to distinguish Map from the Territory while analyzing any subject but we often mistake map for the territory. Meaning for the Reference. Computational tool for what it computes. Representations are handy and tempting that we often end up committing the category error of over-marrying the representation with what is represented, so much so that the distinction between the former and the latter is lost. This error that has its roots in the pedagogy often generates a plethora of paradoxes/confusions which hinder the proper understanding of the subject. What are wave functions? Fields? Forces? Numbers? Sets? Classes? Operators? Functions? Alphabets and Sentences? Are they a part of our map (theory/representation)? Or do they actually belong to the territory (Reality)? Researcher, like a cartographer, clothes (or creates?) the reality by stitching multitudes of maps that simultaneously co-exist. A simple apple, for example, can be analyzed from several viewpoints beginning with evolution and biology, all the way down its microscopic quantum mechanical components. Is there a reality (or a real apple) out there apart from these maps? How do these various maps interact/intermingle with each other to produce a coherent reality that we interact with? Or do they not?

Does our brain uses its own internal maps to facilitate "physicist/mathematician" in us to construct the maps about the external territories in turn? If so, what is the nature of these internal maps? Are there meta-maps? Evolution definitely fences our perception and thereby our ability to construct maps, revealing to us only those aspects beneficial for our survival. But the question is, to what extent? Is there a way out of the metaphorical Platonic cave erected around us by the nature? While "Map is not the territory" as Alfred Korzybski remarked, join us in this journey to know more, while we inquire on the nature and the reality of the maps which try to map the reality out there.
The book also includes a foreword by Sir Roger Penrose and an afterword by Dagfinn Follesdal.
Autor: Shyam Wuppuluri, Francisco Antonio Doria
Shyam Wuppuluri is working as a research associate for R. N. Podar institute. A computer science graduate, he has a long-standing interest in various areas of philosophy, theoretical physics, mathematics and cognitive science. Prior to this, he edited the volume "Space, time and limits of human understanding, foreword by John Stachel, afterword by Noam Chomsky", which was published in Springer's Frontiers Collection, 2016.

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Autor: Shyam Wuppuluri
ISBN-13 :: 9783319724775
ISBN: 3319724770
Erscheinungsjahr: 22.02.2018
Verlag: Springer-Verlag GmbH
Gewicht: 1156g
Seiten: 641
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Buch, 241x161x45 mm, Bibliographie