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Paul Grobstein's picture

meaning: declining the "end run" and offering an alternative

Yep, I think the issue is precisely "meaning" and how to talk about it in a language that makes it possible to bring to bear physical and biological observations as well as observations of social scientists and humanists.  And that is I think the central challenge for the evolving systems project.  My offering along these lines, of course, is that the ability to create and act based on counter-factual stories is the origin of "meaning."  Without that, there would be lots of things happening emergently, but no "meaning." 

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