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On Epistemically Useful Physical Computation

Schmitz, Timothy (2023) On Epistemically Useful Physical Computation. [Preprint]

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Piccinini's Usability Constraint states that physical processes must have ``physically constructible manifestation[s]" to be included in epistemically useful models of physical computation. But to determine what physical processes can be implemented on physical systems (as parts of computations), we must already know what physical processes can be implemented on physical systems (as parts of processes for constructing computing systems). We need additional assumptions about what qualifies as a building process. Piccinini implicitly assumes a classical computational understanding of executable processes, but this is an assumption imposed on physical theories and may artificially limit our picture of epistemically useful physical computation.


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Item Type: Preprint
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Schmitz, Timothytimrschmitz@gmail.com0000-0003-0210-8472
Keywords: Physical Computation, Church-Turing Thesis, Pancomputationalism, Epistemology
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computation/Information > Classical
Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
Specific Sciences > Computation/Information > Quantum
Specific Sciences > Computer Science
Depositing User: Dr. Timothy Schmitz
Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2023 14:50
Last Modified: 31 Jul 2023 14:50
Item ID: 22356
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Computation/Information > Classical
Specific Sciences > Computation/Information
Specific Sciences > Computation/Information > Quantum
Specific Sciences > Computer Science
Date: June 2023
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/22356

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