Philosophy and Simulation: The Emergence of Synthetic Reason
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 24th 2011 by Bloomsbury Academic (first published January 5th 2011)
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Mixed feelings on this book. It is a goldmine for its quick, readable introductions to various simulations and how they can generate "emergent behavior". This is fascinating stuff.

That said, I was a bit disappointed at how little philosophy there seemed to be. I was looking for a bit more exploration of the kinds of far-reaching implications these sorts of experiments might have for how we view the things, whether it be the mind or social structures or the development of language or whatever.

Johan Nystrom
This book is an introduction (I assume) to DeLanda's philosophy, which focuses on emergent properties and how they can emerge from combinations of simpler components with simple properties. A central idea is the ability to use computer simulation to test and verify philosophical hypotheses. To that end, DeLanda describes simulations of a wide variety of topics - everything from the "prebiotic soup" to multicellular life, insects and human societies with economics and hierarchies. Even though thi...more
Joel Gn
It's more useful to read the appendix together with the individual chapters. DeLanda has a gift for taking abstract Deleuzian concepts and explaining them in a very palatable, empirical way. Two key ideas discussed in this work are the concept of the gradient, where different entities affect one another via deterritorialisation and its dissipation, which refers to the formation of boundaries (i.e. territorialisation). These boundaries, it should be noted, are partial and not immutable, since the...more
i am generally a foreigner to philosophy and quite skeptical

however this book was quite amazing - it does a case study of cell behavior and thunderstorms and other emergent systems.

really great read from a scientific / systems / engineering / modeling perspective... anyone doing any sort of systems design should read it. very clear and englightening concept of emergence.

neat to see how mankind struggles with - neat to compare this book to, say, alexander's 'notes on the synthesis of form' and h...more
DeLanda is one of the true pioneers in thinking about emergence in philosophy.
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Manuel De Landa (b. in Mexico City, 1952), based in New York since 1975, is a philosopher, media artist, programmer and software designer. After studying art in the 1970s, he became known as an independent filmmaker making underground 8mm and 16mm films inspired by critical theory and philosophy. In the 1980s, Manuel De Landa focused on programing, writing computer software, and computer art. Afte...more
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