Bigger than Chaos: Understanding Complexity through by Michael Strevens

By Michael Strevens

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6. 2 Enion Probability Analysis 19 A terminological aside: There are two ways to articulate the requirement that enion probabilities not depend on low-level information. First, one can say, as I do, that they must be functions only of macrolevel information. Second, one can say that conditionalizing on low-level information must not affect the value of the probability, or that they are conditional only on macrolevel information. I treat these formulations as equivalent. Aggregation of Probabilities In the aggregation stage, probabilities concerning the behavior of enions are combined to form probabilities concerning the behavior of enion statistics, that is, probabilities concerning the dynamics of macrovariables.

Third, deduce a macrolevel law from the macrolevel probability distribution. These three steps make up the technique that I will call enion probability analysis, or epa. To understand why epa can be successfully applied to a complex system so as to derive a simple macrolevel law, I will argue in this section, is to understand why that system behaves in a simple way. Most of this study, then, will constitute an attempt to understand the foundations—mathematical, physical, and philosophical—of epa’s successes.

The goal of the metaphysics of probability is to say what probabilities are; the goal of the physics is to understand what probabilities do. 33 The Metaphysics of Complex Probability I conclude this section with a very brief survey of three metaphysical accounts of probability. My aim is not to criticize these accounts, but to support the very general claims of the last section by showing, case by case, that metaphysical answers do not resolve physical questions. The Actual Frequency Account The frequentist holds that probabilities are frequencies.

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