Symmetry, Causality, Mind - Abstract

Michael Leyton
Bridges: Mathematical Connections in Art, Music, and Science (1998)
Pages 273–274


Symmetry, Causality, Mind is the title of a 630-page book which was published in MIT Press. The book is concerned with the following problem: By what rules is it possible to infer the causal processes which produced a given organization over time. We assume that the only data available is the organization as it exists now, within the present moment. Thus, we are asking this: How is it possible, by examining a configuration, to recover the causal history that produced the configuration, when we have no other information but the configuration within the present moment.