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Autonomy in Anticipatory Systems: Significance for Functionality, Intentionality and Meaning

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Abstract: Abstract Many anticipatory systems cannot inthemselves act meaningfully or representintentionally. This stems largely from the derivativenature of their functionality. All current artificialcontrol systems, and many living systems such asorgans and cellular parts of organisms derive anyintentionality they might have from their designersor possessors. Derivative functionality requiresreference to some external autonomously functionalsystem, and derivative intentionality similarlyrequires reference to an external autonomousintentional system. The importance of autonomycan be summed up in the following slogan: Nomeaning without intention; no intention withoutfunction; no function without autonomy. This paperdevelops the role of autonomy to show how learningnew tasks is facilitated by autonomy, and further byrepresentational capacities that are functional forautonomy.

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