A Theory of Reality as More Than the Sum of Its Parts

Using the mathematical language of information theory, Hoel and his collaborators claim to show that new causes - things that produce effects - can emerge at macroscopic scales. They say coarse-grained macroscopic states of a physical system (such as the psychological state of a brain) can have more causal power over the system's future than a more detailed, fine-grained description of the system possibly could.

Lukas W

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