Going round in circles

Conference Date
2017
Location
Lyon, France
ISBN
978-0-262-34633-7
Date Published
September 2017
Conference Date: 2017, Vol. 14, Pages 198-199.
(doi: 10.7551/ecal_a_035)
© 2017 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license
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Abstract

Life and cognition are inherently circular dynamical processes, and people have difficulty understanding circular causation. We give case studies illustrating some resulting confusions, and propose that the problems may lie in failing to properly distinguish between similar concepts used in different levels of description of a system, typically local and global levels.