Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 15, No 2 (2019)

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A Structural Theory of Everything

Brian D. Josephson

Abstract


Karen Barad's Agential Realism provides a non-paradoxical realist account of quantum reality, but does not show how the complex picture that it implies can be applied to the familiar physics of the laboratory. Here, motivated by parallels with the way human cultures evolve, the theory is augmented by the inclusion of evolutionary processes.  The outcome is the understanding that organised activity at deeper levels can result in the emergence of entities such as universes, and phenomena in these universes, including possibly life and the evolution of life.  It is argued that agential realism is not essentially new to science, differing from the kinds of ordered structures familiar in physics mainly through the role played by the semiotic, or interpretive information-processing, aspects of the theory.

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