Causality as Constraint



Suppose you are trying to arrange furniture you already own in your new house. “Each piece of furniture has some weak constraints associated with it. For example, the bed must go against a wall because the headboard is rickety; two small tables go on either side of the bed; the couch is missing its back legs and so sits on books, which means it must go against a wall so that the back is not visible, and so on. The constraints associated with each piece of furniture are weak because each one can be satisfied in many ways; the bed, for example, can be put against any of several walls. However, once the bed is placed, the entire arrangement may be determined: there may be only one other wall large enough for the couch, the tables must go next to the bed, and so forth” (Kosslyn & Koenig, 1992, p. 111).


Sand Dune Weak Constraint Contextual Constraint Supervenient Property Maximum Entropy State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyPrince George’s Community CollegeLargoUSA

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