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jeudi 30 avril 2015

liens de complexité à complexité

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"Grégory croyait que l’art, comme la religion, représente un domaine de l’expérience qui privilégie les modes de pensée créaturaux. Une œuvre d’art est le résultat d’un processus mental comme une conque, un crabe ou un corps humain. [...] Chaque œuvre d’art dépend d’un ensemble complexe de relations intérieures et peut être considérée comme l’un des nombreux exemples permettant de comprendre les ’structures qui relient’ et la nature de la ’Creatura’. "

Bateson, La peur des anges, p.267

mercredi 9 juin 2010

Mental process 2

When this recognition of difference was put together with the clear understanding that Creatura was organized into circular trains of causation, like those that had been described by cybernetics, and that it was organized in multiple levels of logical typing, I had a series of ideas all working together to enable me to think systematically about mental process as differentiated from simple physical or mechanistic sequences, without thinking in terms of two separate "substances." My book Mind and Nature: A Necessary Unity combined these ideas with the recognition that mental process and biological evolution are necessarily alike in these Creatural characteristics.

Gregory Bateson, Angels Fear

mardi 8 juin 2010


1. A mind is an aggregate of interacting parts or components.

2. The interaction between parts of mind is triggered by difference.

3. Mental process requires collateral energy.

4. Mental process requires circular (or more complex) chains of determination.

5. In mental process, the effects of difference are to be regarded as transforms (i.e. coded versions) of events which preceded them.

6. The description and classification of these processes of transformation disclose a hierarchy of logical types immanent in the phenomena.

7. In the mind, the information is unevenly distributed.

Gregory Bateson & Mary Catherine Bateson, Angels Fear

Mental Process

In fact, wherever information – or comparison – is of the essence of our explanation, there, for me, is mental process. Information can be defined as a difference that makes a difference. A sensory end organ is a comparator, a device which responds to difference. Of course, the sensory end organ is material, but it is this responsiveness to difference that we shall use to distinguish its functioning as "mental." Similarly, the ink on this page is material, but the ink is not my thought. Even at the most elementary level, the ink is not signal or message. The difference between paper and ink is the signal.

Gregory Bateson & Mary Catherine Bateson, Angels Fear