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The Nature of Physical Reality

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Abstract:

This account of the dynamical theory of chaos leads to a metaphysical picture of a world with an open future, in which the laws of physics are emergent-downward approximations to a more subtle and supple reality and in which there is downward causation through information input as well as upward causation through energy input. Such a metaphysical picture can accommodate both human and divine agency.

Keywords: A. N. Whitehead; A. R. Peacocke; Austin Farrer; Bernard d'Espagnat; Donald MacKay; God of the gaps; J¨rgen Moltmann; Mandelbrot set; Mitchell Feigenbaum; antireductionism; chaos; determinism; downward causation; emergence; fractals; mechanism; mind and matter; process thought; quantum theory; reductionism

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-9744.00323

Affiliations: Cambridge University

Publication date: December 1, 2000

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