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On creativity of slime mould

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Slimemould Physarum polycephalum is large single cell with intriguingly smart behaviour. The slime mould shows outstanding abilities to adapt its protoplasmic network to varying environmental conditions. The slime mould can solve tasks of computational geometry, image processing, logics and arithmetics when data are represented by configurations of attractants and repellents.We attempt to map behavioural patterns of slime onto the cognitive control versus schizotypy spectrum phase space and thus interpret slime mould’s activity in terms of creativity.

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Author(s): Adamatzky A, Armstrong R, Jones J, Gunji Y

Editor(s): Adamatzky,A

Publication type: Book Chapter

Publication status: Published

Book Title: Advances in Physarum Machines

Year: 2016

Volume: not applicable

Pages: 813-830

Print publication date: 01/01/2016

Online publication date: 01/01/2016

Acceptance date: 02/11/2015

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

Place Published: Switzerland


Notes: This prize-winning essay (Elsevir) exteriorises the nature of thought and therefore tactically argues that the act of creativity - when compared to internal models of decision making - may be shared by nonhuman agents and even at the level of simple organisms with complex network structures such as slime mould.

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ISBN: 9783319266626


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