Computation in Physical Systems

[Revised entry by Gualtiero Piccinini on May 13, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] In our ordinary discourse, we distinguish between physical systems that perform computations, such as
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[Revised entry by Gualtiero Piccinini on May 13, 2015. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] In our ordinary discourse, we distinguish between physical systems that perform computations, such as computers and calculators, and physical systems that don't, such as rocks. Among computing devices, we distinguish between more and less powerful ones. These distinctions affect our behavior: if a device is computationally more powerful than another, we pay more money for it. What grounds these distinctions? What is the principled difference, if there is one,...

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