Category Ontology

Proteons?

Originally posted on The Asifoscope:
“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” – Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus, 5.6. There is a gap in our language and I want to try to close it by suggesting a new philosophical term. What I am looking for is a term for an entity that exists…

HOMO IN MACHINA: ETHICS OF THE AI SOUL – A Response

This article started as a comment to http://theleatherlibraryblog.com/homo-in-machina-ethics-of-the-ai-soul/ (by Steven Umbrello and Tina Forsee) that grew so long that it could not be posted there, so instead I decided to put it here as an article on my own blog and just comment that article by putting a link. This article, therefore, should be read in the […]

Being and Time

While algorithms are characterized by finite amounts of information, creative systems develop over time, incorporating new information. An algorithm always stays the same, but having a memory means that a creative system grows bit by bit. Although the calculations going on in a system described by an algorithm are processes in time, such a system […]

What is Observable?

In a discussion with Werner Heisenberg, Albert Einstein once remarked that only theory determines what is observable. According to this view, there is no theory-free observation. Some thinkers in the Vienna Circle, i.e. the movement of logical empiricism, had tried to build the foundation of science on a language of theory-free “protocol sentences”. This idea […]

World Views and Evolution

In his autobiography, the German science journalist Hoimar von Ditfurth[1] explains his views of evolutionary epistemology. He writes (p. 250): It is important to become clear about the fact that even the most primitive organism knows something about the world already. Even the protozoa […] possess such knowledge. Of course, on such a primitive level […]

Generating Objects – Towards a Procedural Ontology

What is an object? How are objects constituted? What does it mean for an object to exist? In this article, I want to start to approach these philosophical questions by using some concepts derived from computer science. I will develop this further in later articles. In later articles, I am going to apply these ideas […]