AAAI Publications, 2011 AAAI Fall Symposium Series

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From Energy Flows to Purpose and Back
Russ Abbott

Last modified: 2011-11-03


In earlier papers (e.g., Abbott 2010) I established a taxonomy of entities one of whose categories was the dynamic entities—those that depend on a continual flow of energy to persist. This paper explores some of the consequences of the existence of dynamic entities, including (a) how energy flows establish mechanisms within entities, (b) the functional consequences of those mechanisms, (c) how functions that enhance the likelihood that the entity will survive and reproduce appear to be purposes, and (d) how functionalities that serve the needs of one entity can become, in effect, specialized energy flows that can serve the needs of others.


energy, energy flows

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