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Top-down causation-Is it really unique to the biological realm?

  1. Oct 21, 2012 #1
    In a recent paper Walker and Davies argue that top-down or downward causation may be unique to biological systems. They write:
    The Algorithmic Origins of Life
    http://arxiv.org/pdf/1207.4803v1.pdf

    Some others have argued that the possibility of "free will" can only occur where such top-down causation is allowed. Carl Hoefer writes:
    Thus, if it can shown that there exists the possibility for some type of 'downward causation' between the macroscopic/microscopic domains, then arguably "free will" can occur. Buy given with what we know in microphysics, is top-down causation really only a biological phenomenon? For instance, these authors discussing quantum non-locality/entanglement/contextuality write:
    For whom the Bell arguments toll
    http://faculty-staff.ou.edu/H/James.A.Hawthorne-1/Hawthorne--For_Whom_the_Bell_Arguments_Toll.pdf
     
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  3. Oct 21, 2012 #2

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