The Nature of Physical Reality
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
Affiliations: Cambridge University
Publication date: December 1, 2000