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Nora Berenstain
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Bedau's influential (1997) account analyzes weak emergence in terms of the non-derivability of a system’s macrostates from its microstates except by simulation. I offer an improved version of Bedau’s account of weak emergence in light of insights from information theory. Non-derivability alone does not guarantee that a system’s macrostates are weakly emergent. Rather, it is non-derivability plus the algorithmic compressibility of the system’s macrostates that makes them weakly emergent. I argue that the resulting information-theoretic picture provides a metaphysical account of weak emergence rather than a merely epistemic one.
Keywords real patterns  structural realism  instrumentalism  algorithmic compressibility  information-theoretic ontology  algorithmic compressibility  non-derivability  macrostates  microdynamics  simulation  chaotic systems
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DOI 10.1007/s10670-020-00312-6
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