Unveiling the Paradox: Knowledge and Imagination in Harmony

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18-July-2023 1:29 am IST, New Delhi

S. Rameshwar Rao. (2023). Unveiling the Paradox: Knowledge and Imagination in Harmony

In the realm of philosophical discourse, the contemplation of "closure to efficient cause" finds its origins in the profound ruminations of Einstein. Delving into the intricacies of fundamental principles, he presents a derivation that unfolds with logical precision. Moreover, the allusion made by Dawkins to autopoesis evokes a deep sense of relevance, engendering discussions that traverse the boundaries of classification. Among these discussions, the inquiry into the categorization of Rosen's M-R Systems within the framework of autopoiesis takes center stage. However, it is the more traditional approach advocated by Einstein that stands as a beacon of reliability, free from the trappings of mystical interpretations that may obscure the path of understanding.

When we direct our gaze towards the comparison between a solar-battery-powered garden light and a flashlight adorned with a sensor and a robotic arm, we may initially struggle to discern any essential disparities between the two. Yet, upon closer scrutiny, a subtle distinction emerges, beckoning us to explore its depths. To embark upon this intellectual journey, we must momentarily divert our attention from the flashlight and instead direct it towards the garden light and its counterpart, the mercury mechanism thermostat. It is in this realm that we encounter the essence of their "inner life." In the circuit architecture and the battery of the garden light, we discern a form of virtualization or simulation, a realm where the intangible takes shape. The mercury mechanism thermostat, on the other hand, embodies the realm of the mechanical computer, its intricate mechanisms symbolizing the physical embodiment of computation. In the role of alien anthropologists seeking to decipher the purpose and intention behind these artifacts, we are compelled to consider the path that leads to greater understanding.

In the realm of inference, where the threads of purpose and intention interweave, a compelling argument emerges. It is posited that inferring the purpose of the electrical computer, represented by the garden light, presents itself as a more straightforward endeavor than discerning the purpose of its mechanical counterpart, embodied by the mercury mechanism thermostat. The crux of this argument lies in the notion of virtualization, an attribute that grants the electrical computer greater expressiveness. Drawing inspiration from the profound insights of Conant & Ashby and Shannon, we find ourselves immersed in the depths of this line of reasoning. When the controller, endowed with enhanced expressiveness, surpasses the system it governs, we are led to the rational conclusion that the maker of the artifact had a specific function in mind. Thus, as we assume the vantage point of the alien anthropologist, we cannot help but ponder why, among the myriad possibilities that lay before them, the creators of these artifacts chose to manifest their intentions in such distinctive ways.

From the depths of personal reflection, an artifact emerges to shed light on the discourse surrounding agency and its multifaceted nature. The antikythera mechanism, a wondrous marvel of ancient engineering, assumes its rightful place as the touchstone of contemplation. Within the intricate gears and mechanisms of this captivating device, we are beckoned to explore the essence of agency. It is here that we are confronted with the nuances of agency, encapsulated within the duality of passthrough/open and sticky/closed systems. This contemplation allows us to penetrate the veil that shrouds the nature of agency, unraveling its intricacies and shedding light on its manifestations within the realm of human artifacts.

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