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Vital Cells: Cellular Automata, Artificial Life, Autopoiesis

John Johnston

in The Allure of Machinic Life: Cybernetics, Artificial Life, and the New AI

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262101264
eISBN:
9780262276351
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262101264.003.0005
Subject:
Computer Science, Artificial Intelligence

This chapter examines John von Neumann’s theory of self-reproducing automata and Christopher Langton’s self-reproducing digital loops. Langton’s theory of artificial life (ALife) as a new science ... More


Rethinking the World of the Living Being

Suzi Adams

in Castoriadis's Ontology: Being and Creation

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780823234585
eISBN:
9780823240739
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823234585.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, General

Castoriadis's rethinking of the living being emerges as a central aspect of his shift to a trans-regional ontology of creative physis, but also as the site of relocation for the nomos/physis ... More


Neocybernetics and Narrative

Bruce Clarke

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816691005
eISBN:
9781452949406
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816691005.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This book rethinks narrative and media through systems theory. Reconceiving interrelations among subjects, media, significations, and the social, this study demonstrates second-order systems theory’s ... More


Romantic Poetry: The State of the Art

Marjorie Levinson

in Thinking Through Poetry: Field Reports on Romantic Lyric

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198810315
eISBN:
9780191864841
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198810315.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Chapter 3 pursues Chapter 2’s immanent critique of the new historicism. Whereas new historicism’s bedrock is epistemology—questions about the domain of rationality—metaphysics is the province of ... More


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