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Thinking Through the ImaginationAesthetics in Human Cognition$
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John Kaag

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823254934

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823254934.001.0001

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Emergence, Complexity, and Creativity

Emergence, Complexity, and Creativity

(p.165) Eight Emergence, Complexity, and Creativity
Thinking Through the Imagination

John Kaag

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on creativity, emergence and mediation in complex systems, primarily the complex adaptive system of human physiology and its relationship to its wider environment. If the task is to think through the “nature of the imagination” in the sense of exploring its origins, then researchers have to become much more acquainted with the workings of complex systems which have, to this point been investigated by general biologists and other sceintists, but rather few philosophers. The chapter addresses the research of Edelman, Gally, Gardenfors, Tucker, Maturana, Varela, Kauffman, Holland, and other complexity theorists.

Keywords:   neural re-entry, neural degeneracy, plasticity, emergence, complex adaptive systems, pragmatism, core-shell model of the brain

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