Synapses in digital medium: computational investigations of neural basis of anticipation
Nasuto, S. and Hayashi, Y. (2015) Synapses in digital medium: computational investigations of neural basis of anticipation. In: Anticipation Across Disciplines. Cognitive Systems Monographs. Springer. ISBN 9783319225982 (In Press)
Anticipation is an emerging concept that can provide a bridge between the deepest philosophical theories about the nature of life and cognition on one hand and the empirical biological sciences steeped in reductionist and Newtonian conception of causality. Three conceptions of anticipation have been emerging from the literature that may be operationalised in a way leading to a viable empirical programme. The discussion of the research into a novel dynamical concept of anticipating synchronisation lends credence to such a possibility and suggests further links between the three anticipation paradigms. A careful progress mindful to the deep philosophical concerns but also respecting empirical evidence will ultimately lead towards unifying theoretical and empirical biological sciences and may offer progress where reductionist science have been so far faltering.