Cultural evolution entails (creativity entails (concept combination entails quantum structure))

Gabora, Dr. Liane M. (2007) Cultural evolution entails (creativity entails (concept combination entails quantum structure)). [Conference Paper]

Full text available as:

[img] HTML


The theory of natural selection cannot describe how early life evolved, in part because acquired characteristics are passed on through horizontal exchange. It has been proposed that culture, like life, began with the emergence of autopoietic form, thus its evolution too cannot be described by natural selection. The evolution of autopoietic form can be described using a framework referred to as Context-driven Actualization of Potential (CAP), which grew out of a generalization of the formalisms of quantum mechanics, and encompasses nondeterministic as well as deterministic change of state. The autopoietic structure that evolves through culture is the mind, or more accurately the conceptual network that yields an individual's internal model of the world. A branch of CAP research referred to as the state-context-property (SCOP) formalism provides a mathematical framework for reconciling the stability of conceptual structure with its susceptibility to context-driven change. The combination of two or more concepts (an extreme case of contextual influence), as occurs in insight, is modeled as a state of entanglement. Theoretical and empirical findings are presented that challenge assumptions underlying virtually all of cognitive science, such as the notion of spreading activation and the assumption that cognitive processes can be described with a Kolmogorovian probability model.

Item Type:Conference Paper
Keywords:actualization of potential, autopoiesis, concept combination, creativity, cultural evolution, natural selection, nondeterminism, quantum interaction
Subjects:Biology > Evolution
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Biology > Theoretical Biology
ID Code:5584
Deposited By: Gabora, Dr. Liane
Deposited On:07 Jun 2007
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:56

References in Article

Select the SEEK icon to attempt to find the referenced article. If it does not appear to be in cogprints you will be forwarded to the paracite service. Poorly formated references will probably not work.

Accardi, L. and Fedullo A. 1982. On the statistical meaning of complex numbers in quantum mechanics. Nuovo Cimento 34(7): 161–172.

Aerts, D. 1983. Classical theories and nonclassical theories as a special case of a more general theory. Journal of Mathematical Physics 24, 2441–2454.

Aerts, D. 1986. A possible explanation for the probabilities of quantum mechanics. Journal of Mathematical Physics 27: 202–210.

Aerts, D. 1993. Quantum structures due to fluctuations of the measurement situations. International Journal of Theoretical Physics 32: 2207–2220.

Aerts, D., Aerts, S., Broekaert, J., & Gabora, L. (2000). The violation of Bell inequalities in the macroworld. Foundations of Physics 30(9): 1387–1414.

Aerts, D. and Durt, T. 1994. Quantum, classical, and intermediate, an illustrative example. Foundations of Physic 24: 1353–1368.

Aerts, D. and Gabora, L. 2005. A state-context-property model of concepts and their combinations I: The structure of the sets of contexts and properties. Kybernetes, 34(1&2): 151–175.

Aerts, D. and Gabora, L. 2005. A state-context-property model of concepts and their combinations II: A Hilbert space representation. Kybernetes 34(1&2): 176–205.

Aunger, R. 2000. Darwinizing Culture. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Bachmann, P. A., Luisi, P. I., and Schatz, D. G. 1992. Autocatalytic self-replicating micelles as models for prebiotic structures. Nature 357: 57-59.

Barsalou, L. W. 1982. Context-independent and context-dependent information in concepts. Memory & Cognition 10: 82-93.

Bell, J. S. 1964. On the Einstein Podolsky Rosen paradox. Physics 1: 195-200.

Boden, M. 1993. The Creative Mind: Myths and Mechanisms. London: Routeledge.

Bowers, K. S., Farvolden, P., and Mermigis, L. 1995. Intuitive antecedents of insight. In S. M. Smith, T. M. Ward, and R. A. Finke (Eds.), The Creative Cognition Approach (pp. 27-52). Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

Bruza, P. and Cole, R. 2005. Quantum logic of semantic space: An exploratory investigation of context effects in practical reasoning. In S. Artemov, H. Barringer, A. S. d'Avila Garcez, L. C. Lamb and J. Woods (Eds.) We Will Show Them: Essays in Honour of Dov Gabbay. College Publications, 1, pp. 339-361.

Calvin, W. H., and Bickerton, D. 2000. Lingua ex Machina: Reconciling Darwin and Chomsky with the Human Brain. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Campbell, D. T. 1960. Blind variation and selective retention in creative thought as in other knowledge processes. Psychological Review 67: 380-400.

Cavalli-Sforza, L. L., and Feldman, M. W. 1981. Cultural Transmission and Evolution: A Quantitative Approach, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.

Cohen, J. E. 1988. Threshold phenomena in random structures. Descrete Applied Mathematics 75: 55-68.

Costello, F. J., Keane, M. T. 2000. Efficient creativity: Constraint guided conceptual combination. Cognitive Science 24(2): 299-349.

Cziko, G. 1997. Without miracles: Universal selection theory and the second Darwinian revolution. Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

Cziko, G. 1998. From blind to creative: In defense of Donald Campbell's selectionist theory of human creativity. Journal of Creative Behavior 32(3): 192-212.

Depew, D. J., and Weber, B. H. 1995. Darwinism Evolving. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Durham, W. 1991. Coevolution: Genes, Culture, and Human Diversity. Stanford: Stanford Press.

Dyson, F. 1982. A model for the origin of life. Journal of Molecular Evolution 18: 344-350.

Dyson, F. 1985/1999. Origins of Life. Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press.

Edelman, G. 1987. Neural Darwinism: The Theory of Neuronal Group Selection. New York: Basic.

Erdös, P., and Rényi, A., 1960. On the evolution of random graphs. Publication of the Mathematical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences 5:17-61.

Feinstein, J. S. 2006. The Nature of Creative Development. Stanford: Stanford Business Books.

Foulis, D., Piron C. and Randall, C. 1983. Realism, operationalism, and quantum mechanics. Foundations of Physics 13, p. 813.

Foulis, D. and Randall, C. 1981. What are quantum logics and what ought they to be? In (E. Beltrametti & B. van Fraassen, eds.) Current Issues in Quantum Logic 35, New York: Plenum Press.

Fracchia J., and Lewontin, R.C. (1999) Does culture evolve? History and Theory 38:52-78.

Gabora L. 1995. In L. Nadel, D. L. Stein, Eds, SFI Studies in the Sciences of Complexity, Lectures Vol. VI. Redwood City, CA: Addison-Wesley.

Gabora, L. 1998. A tentative scenario for the origin of culture. Psycoloquy 9(67).

Gabora, L. 2004. Ideas are not replicators but minds are. Biology & Philosophy 19(1):127–143.

Gabora, L. 2005. Creative thought as a non-Darwinian evolutionary process. Journal of Creative Behavior 39(4): 65–87.

Gabora, L. 2006. Self-other organization: Why early life did not evolve through natural selection. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 241(3), 443–250.

Gabora, L. and Aerts, D. 2005. Evolution as context-driven actualization of potential: Toward an interdisciplinary theory of change of state. Interdisciplinary Science Reviews 30(1): 69–88.

Gardenfors, P. 2000. Conceptual Spaces: The Geometry of Thought. Cambridge MA: MIT Press.

Gentner D. 1983. Cognitive Science 7(2):155-170.

Hoyle, F. 1981. Hoyle on Evolution. Nature 294, p. 105.

Jauch, J. 1968. Foundations of Quantum Mechanics. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.

Kauffman, S. 1993. Origins of Order. New York: Oxford Univ. Press.

Mackey, G. 1963. Mathematical Foundations of Quantum Mechanics. Reading, MA: John Benjamin.

Martindale, C. 1995. Creativity and connectionism. In Smith, Ward & Finke (Eds.) The Creative Cognition Approach, Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Maturana, H. R., and Varela F. J. 1980. Autopoiesis and Cognition: Realization of the Living. Boston: Reidel.

Mesoudi, A., Whiten, A., and Laland, K. 2004. Toward a unified science of cultural evolution. Evolution 58(1): 1-11.

Morowitz H. J. 2002. The Emergence of Everything. New York: Oxford Univ. Press.

Neisser U. 1963. The multiplicity of thought. British Journal of Psychology 54: 1-14.

Nelson, D. L., Goodmon, L. B., and Ceo, D. (in press.) How does delayed testing reduce effects of implicit memory: context infusion or cuing with context?

Nelson, D. L., McEvoy, C. L., and Pointer, L. (2003). Spreading activation or spooky action at a distance. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 29: 42-51.

Piron, C. 1976. Foundations of Quantum Physics. Reading, MA: W.A. Benjamin.

Piron, C. 1989. Recent developments in quantum mechanics. Helvetica Physica Acta, 62: 439-468.

Piron, C. 1990. Mecanique Quantique: Bases et Applications. Lausanne, Switzerland: Press Polytechnique de Lausanne.

Pitowsky, I. 1989. Quantum probability—Quantum logic: Lecture notes in physics 321, Springer, Berlin.

Randall, C., and Foulis, D. 1976. A mathematical setting for inductive reasoning. In: C. Hooker (Ed.) Foundations of Probability Theory, Statistical Inference, and Statistical Theories of Science III, Reidel.

Randall, C. and Foulis, D. 1978. The operational approach to quantum mechanics. In C. Hooker (ed.), Physical Theories as Logico-Operational Structures, 167. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Reidel.

Rosch, E. 1973. Natural Categories. Cognitive Psychology 4: 328-350.

Rosch, E. 1978. Principles of categorization. In Cognition and Categorization. E. Rosch, B. Lloyd, Eds. Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Piaget, J. 1926. The Language and Thought of the Child. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Simonton, D. K. 1999b. Creativity as blind variation and selective retention: Is the creative process Darwinian? Psychological Inquiry 10: 309-328.

Sloman, S. 1996. The empirical case for two systems of Reasoning. Psychological Bulletin 9(1): 3-22.

Vetsigian, K., Woese, C., and Goldenfeld, N. 2006. Collective evolution and the genetic code. Proceedings of the National Academy Science USA 103: 10696-10701.

Wächtershäuser, G. 1992. Groundwork for an evolutionary biochemistry: the iron-sulfur world. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology 58:85-201.

Watts, D. J., and Strogatz, S. H. 1998. Collective dynamics of 'small-world' networks. Nature 393(6684):409-10.

Weber B. H., and Depew D. J. 1996. Natural selection and self-organization: Dynamical models as clues to a new evolutionary synthesis. Biology and Philosophy 11: 33-65.

Weber, B. H., 2000. Closure in the emergence and evolution of life: Multiple discourses or one? In: J. L. R. Chandler & G. Van de Vijver (Eds.) Closure: Emergent Organizations and their Dynamics, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 901, pp. 132-138.

Widdows, D. S. 2003. Orthogonal negation in vector spaces for modeling word meanings and document retrieval. In Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (p. 136-143), Sapporo Japan, July 7-12.

Widdows, D. and Peters, S. 2003. Word vectors and quantum logic: experiments with negation and disjunction. In Mathematics in Language 8 (p. 141-154), Bloomington IN.

Williams, R. J. P., and Frausto da Silva, J. J. R., 1999. Bringing Chemistry to Life: From Matter to Man. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Williams, R. J. P., and Frausto da Silva, J. J. R., 2002. The systems approach to evolution. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 297:689-699.

Williams, R. J. P., and Frausto da Silva, J. J. R., 2003. Evolution was chemically constrained. Journal of Theoretical Biology 220: 323-343.

Wisniewski E. J. 1997. When concepts combine. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 4(2):167-183.

Wright S. 1945. Tempo and mode in evolution: A critical review. Ecology 26: 415-419.


Repository Staff Only: item control page