An Algorithmic Metaphysics of Self-Patterns


FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY, vol.11, 2020 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 11
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.607917
  • Title of Journal : FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY
  • Keywords: coupling, constitution, composition, compressibility, free energy principle, self-pattern, FREE-ENERGY PRINCIPLE, COGNITION


The paper draws on an algorithmic criterion to demonstrate that the self (as initially described in Shaun Gallagher's a pattern theory of self) is a composite, scattered, and patterned object. It also addresses the question of extendedness of the self-pattern. Based on the criteria drawn from algorithmic complexity, I argue that although the self-pattern possesses a genuinely extended aspect (and in this sense, the self-pattern is minimally extended) the self-pattern and its environment do not constitute a genuine composite object.