Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences, Vol. 9, Iss. 1, January, 2005, pp. 37-60
@2005 Society for Chaos Theory in Psychology & Life Sciences


Mapping Knowledge to Boolean Dynamic Systems in Batesonís Epistemology

Thomas E. Malloy, University of Utah
Gary C. Jensen, University of Utah
Timothy Song, University of Utah

Abstract: Gregory Bateson (1972, 1979) established an epistemology that integrates mind and nature as a necessary unity, a unity in which learning and evolution share fundamental principles and in which criteria for mental process are explicitly specified. E42 is a suite of freely available Java applets that constitute an online research lab for creating and interacting with simulations of the Boolean systems developed by Kauffman (1993) in his study of evolution where he proposed that self-organization and natural selection are co-principles "weaving the tapestry of life." This paper maps Boolean systems, developed in the study of evolution, onto Batesonís epistemology in general and onto his criteria of mental process in particular.

Keywords: Epistemology, Bateson, knowledge, Boolean networks, mental process, logical operators, emergence, description, tautology, explanation, representation