Architects, from Gaudi to Frei Otto, have used physical processes as an aid to find forms. Because simulations of evolution are classified as search algorithms in computer science, they have become the latest find-forming device. Renown Deleuzian scholar and philosopher of technology Manuel DeLanda presents his second lecture expanding on ideas from his book Philosophy and Simulation: The Emergence of Synthetic Reason (Continuum / Bloomsbury Publishing). Copies of the book will be available.
Philosophy and Simulation Lecture Series:
Simulations have become as important as mathematical models in theoretical science. As computer power and memory have become cheaper they have migrated to the desktop where they now take the place of small-scale experiments. A philosophical examination of the epistemology of simulations is needed to understand their new role, underlining the consequences that simulations may have for materialist philosophy itself.
Manuel DeLanda is a distinguished writer, artist and philosopher. He began his career in experimental film, later becoming a computer artist and programmer. He is now Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and Chair of Contemporary Philosophy and Science at the European Graduate School. He is the author of the bestselling books War in the Age of Intelligent Machines and A Thousand Years of Non-Linear History as well as A New Philosophy of Society and Intensive Science and Virtual Philosophy published by Continuum / Bloomsbury Publishing.