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The Quest for Emergence


Michele Paolini Paoletti


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Imagine that one day physicists will be able to single out all the fundamental particles of the universe. In addition, they will know all their fundamental properties (i.e. all the properties had by such particles not in virtue of having other different properties), they will understand all the possible arrangements between those particles and all the possible goings-on produced by (or wholly dependent on) those arrangements. Our question is: will those physicists know everything there is to know about the universe? Will they succeed in telling us the whole history of the universe, from its beginning to its near and distant future – at least if they have adequate cognitive faculties and instruments?




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