Modeling Life as Cognitive Info-computation

  • Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8493)


This article presents a naturalist approach to cognition understood as a network of info-computational, autopoietic processes in living systems. It provides a conceptual framework for the unified view of cognition as evolved from the simplest to the most complex organisms, based on new empirical and theoretical results. It addresses three fundamental questions: what cognition is, how cognition works and what cognition does at different levels of complexity of living organisms. By explicating the info-computational character of cognition, its evolution, agent-dependency and generative mechanisms we can better understand its life-sustaining and life-propagating role. The info-computational approach contributes to rethinking cognition as a process of natural computation in living beings that can be applied for cognitive computation in artificial systems.


Cognitive Agent Modeling Life Informational Structure Natural Computation Computing Nature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gordana Dodig-Crnkovic
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  1. 1.School of Innovation, Design and EngineeringMälardalen UniversityVästeråsSweden

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