Nature, Cognition and System II

Nature, Cognition and System II : Current Systems-Scientific Research on Natural and Cognitive Systems Volume 2: On Complementarity and Beyond

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is both a player and a spectator, is explained here illuminatingly. With regard to logical ambiguities and paradoxes, which may show up in all these topics, he, like Locker, is of the opinion that, philosophically speaking all apory of a lower level have to be accepted an a higher level of thinking. After the above expositions of a more general purport we turn now to two contributions which are particularly focused on Bohr's concept of complementarity. First is the article of Hilgevoord who briefly and non-technically describes a short curriculum vitae of the concept beginning with Planck through Bohr to Heisenberg and Schrodinger. Included in this short story, of course, is the famous wave-particle duality and the paradox inherent in it many physicists are still saddled with. How this paradox was solved is explained here simply and clearly: first, generally by quantum mechanics where the disturbance theory of measurement was supposed to be of some relevance, and secondly, where this theory is further refmed leading to Bohr's conclusion of the essential unsolvability, and accordingly the completeness, of the statistical element of quantum mechanics. The reading of this short article may arouse questions and surmises whether complementarity has been ruminated by Bohr to tame the law of excluded middle dividing the well-defined content of position measurement from that of momentum measurement, just to mention one. Whatever it may be the idea of complementarity betrays the perplexity of the observing system in dealing with nature's complexity.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 395 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 23.88mm | 1,700g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1992 ed.
  • XXI, 395 p.
  • 0792317882
  • 9780792317883

Table of contents

Introduction: On Issues in Complementarity and Beyond; M.E. Carvallo. Part I: Complementarity, Epistemology, and Ontology. 1. Complementarity-Polarity-Dialectic-Autology: A Conceptual Analysis of Opposition and Unity; A. Locker. 2. Complementarity as Challenge: Prefigurations in the History of Thinking; H. Fischer-Barnicol. 3. Bohr's Idea of Complementarity; J. Hilgevoord. 4. Complementarity and Our Knowledge of Nature; H.J. Folse. 5. Ontological Implications of Complementarity; K.V. Laurikainen. 6. Aspects of Complementarity; R. Vallee. Part II: Complementarity: Alternative Views and Applications. 7. The Probability Trees of Quantum Mechanics: Probabilistic Meta-Dependence and Meta-Meta-Dependence; M. Mugur-Schachter. 8. Complementarity in Language: Toward a General Understanding; L. Loefgren. 9. Language, Incompleteness and Continuous Domains: Considerations of Complementarity of Abstractions; H.W. Campbell, D.G. Stuart. 10. The Measurement Problem in Physics, Computation, and Brain Theories; H.H. Pattee. 11. On the Double Architecture of the Semantic Memory; P. Erdi, T. Groebler, P. Marton. 12. Axiomatic Methods in Science; P. Suppes. 13. Complementarity in the Theory of Conversations and Lp; G. Pask. 14. A Theory of Bargains in Experience; S.M. Lindenberg. Part III: Beyond Complementarity, Beyond Physics. 15. Complementarity or Process? T. Bastin. 16. Can Quantum Computation Provide a Physically Realistic Model of the Self and Its Brain? P.J.Marcer. 17. Non-Locality in Nature and Cognition; F.D. Peat. 18. Spontaneity of Consciousness; V.V. Nalimov. 19. A Brief Prolegomenon to the Principle of Metaphoricity; M.E. Carvallo. Name Index. Subject Index.
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