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How could a planet, condensed from a cloud of dust, produce minds -- and products of minds, along with microbes, mice, monkeys, mathematics, music, marmite, murder, megalomania, and all other forms and products of life on earth (and possibly elsewhere)?
This presentation introduces the ambitious, multi-disciplinary Meta-Morphogenesis project, partly inspired by Turing's 1952 paper on morphogenesis. It may lead to an answer, by identifying the many transitions between different types and mechanisms of biological information processing, including transitions that changed the mechanisms of change, altering forms of evolution, development, learning, culture and ecosystem dynamics. One of the questions raised is whether chemical information-processing is capable of supporting processes that would be infeasible or impossible on a Turing machine or conventional computer.
A 2hour 30 min recording of this tutorial was made by Adam Ford, available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNul52kFI74 (new version installed on 14 Jun 2013 with titles and audio problem fixed). Also available here
"Information" here is used in Jane Austen's sense, not Claude Shannon's sense. See http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/projects/cogaff/misc/austen-info.html
More information about the project is available here: http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/projects/cogaff/misc/meta-morphogenesis.html
Adam Ford interviewed the author about some of these topics at the AGI conference in December 2012 in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuH8dC7Snno
Related PDF presentations can be found here http://www.cs.bham.ac.uk/research/projects/cogaff/talks