Aaron Sloman

Aaron SolmanIn existographies, Aaron Sloman (1936-) is Zimbabwe-born English mathematician, physicist, and artificial intelligence researcher, noted for []

Overview
In 2011, Sloman, after read Alan Turing’s “The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis” (1952) – an investigative read that had resulted from a miscommunication with Barry Cooper (1943-2015), who had asked Sloman to contribute to a book on Turing's life and work (published by Elsevier in 2013) (Ѻ) – decided to elaborate on what Turing might have done “had he lived longer”, in respect to how thinking humans could have arisen from a cloud of dust (see: nebular hypothesis).

Sloman’s ongoing, mostly online, project is entitled: “The Meta-Morphogenesis Project: the Self-Informing Universe”, some of which is found in his 2013 talk “From Molecules to Mathematicians: How Could Evolution Produced Mathematicians” (compare: molecules-to-man evolution), subtitled “How could evolution produce mathematicians from a cloud of cosmic dust?” (compare: Paul Davies take on Fred Hoyle’s The Black Cloud (1959)) and his 2014 discussions on how “life, mind, ecosystems, and cultures” could have arisen from a “cloud of dust” in the face of entropy and the second law (compare: chemistry professor paradox). [1]

Sloman, in his model, has touched on Tibor Ganti’s ideas about the “requirements for life”, Lionel Penrose and son Roger Penrose’s 1959 about “droguli” (Ѻ) or activated complexes; Henry Morris (1985) on entropy and evolution (Ѻ); among others.

Religion | Atheism
Sloman, in his “Varieties of Atheism” (2008), discusses how, being born into a Jewish family (see: Jewish atheism), he had become an “adamant atheist” at age 10 or 11, later discovered how Epicurus had similar views to him, and discussed how he was an “analytical atheist”, i.e. one who “doesn't claim that god does not exist, but that the usual concept when analyzed closely is incoherent, so that existence of an instance makes no sense” (see: atheism terminology). [3]

Education
In 1956, Sloman completed his BS in mathematics and physics at Cape Town University, then, via a Rhodes Scholarship, studied mathematics at Balliol College, Oxford, completing his PhD in 1962 in the philosophy of mathematics, after which he became a lecturer in the philosophy of science at the University of Sussex from 1964 to 1991, during which time he helped to start courses in artificial intelligence (compare: physical intelligence) and later the School of Cognitive and Computer Science. In 1991 to 1994, Sloman was head of the school of computer science at Birmingham University; he retired in 2002, thereafter doing research as honorary professor of AD and cognitive science. [2]

References
1. (a) Turing, Alan. (1952). “The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis” (pdf), Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, 237B, 5-72.
(b) Sloman, Aaron. (2017). “The Meta-Morphogenesis Project: the Self-Informing Universe” (Ѻ), University of Birmingham.
(c) Sloman, Aaron. (2013). “Molecules to Mathematicians” (abs), Talk, University of Birmingham.
(d) Sloman, Aaron. (2014). “Entropy and Evolution”, University of Birmingham.
2. Aaron Sloman (cv) – University of Birmingham.
3. Solman, Aaron. (2008). “Varieties of Atheism: What is Analytical Atheism?” (Ѻ), Birmingham University, Apr.

Videos
● Sloman, Aaron. (2016). “What’s Information? An Answer from Physics, Biology, and Philosophy” (Ѻ), The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, Jul 24.

Threads
The partly related Meta-Morphology project (2017) – Hmolpedia threads.

External links
Aaron Sloman – Wikipedia.
Aaron Sloman (faculty) – University of Birmingham.
Aaron Sloman – Twitter.

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