Minds and Machines

, Volume 24, Issue 1, pp 101–122

A Revised Attack on Computational Ontology


DOI: 10.1007/s11023-013-9327-1

Cite this article as:
Fresco, N. & Staines, P.J. Minds & Machines (2014) 24: 101. doi:10.1007/s11023-013-9327-1


There has been an ongoing conflict regarding whether reality is fundamentally digital or analogue. Recently, Floridi has argued that this dichotomy is misapplied. For any attempt to analyse noumenal reality independently of any level of abstraction at which the analysis is conducted is mistaken. In the pars destruens of this paper, we argue that Floridi does not establish that it is only levels of abstraction that are analogue or digital, rather than noumenal reality. In the pars construens of this paper, we reject a classification of noumenal reality as a deterministic discrete computational system. We show, based on considerations from classical physics, why a deterministic computational view of the universe faces problems (e.g., a reversible computational universe cannot be strictly deterministic).


Digital Digital ontology Discrete Digital computation Reversible computation Levels of abstraction Deterministic Entropy 

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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Humanities & LanguagesUniversity of New South Wales (UNSW)SydneyAustralia

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