@inproceedings{61b511ff72754bd6beb3bfbdf128fbd9,

title = "Physics and Computation: The Statues of Landauer's Principle",

abstract = "Realism about computation is the view that whether or not a particular physical system is performing a particular computation is at least sometimes a mindindependent feature of reality. The caveat {\textquoteright}at least sometimes{\textquoteright} is necessary here because a realist about computation need not believe that all instances of computation should be realistically construed. The computational theory of mind presupposes realism about computation. If whether or not the human nervous system implements particular computations is not a natural fact about the world that is independent of whether we represent it as doing so, then the computational theory of mind fails to naturalise the mind. Realism about computation is also presupposed by attempts to use computational principles such as Landauer{\textquoteright}s Principle to dispel Maxwell{\textquoteright}s Demon. Realism about computation has been challenged by Hilary Putnam and John Searle among others. Various arguments have been put forward purporting to show that any physical system of sufficient complexity trivially implements all computations. Ladyman et al. (2007) offer a precisification and general proof Landauer{\textquoteright}s Principle. In order to do this they present an analysis of what it is for a physical process to implement a logical transformation. In this paper, their analysis is explained and its implications for realism about computation and the use of Landauer{\textquoteright}s Principle in foundational debates is assessed.",

keywords = "Landauer's Principle, realism about computation, physics",

author = "Ladyman, {James A C}",

year = "2007",

doi = "10.1007/978-3-540-73001-9_46",

language = "English",

isbn = "978-3-540-73000-2",

series = "Lecture Notes in Computer Science",

publisher = "Springer Verlag",

pages = "446--454",

editor = "Cooper, {Barry S.} and Benedikt L{\"o}we and Andrea Sorbi",

booktitle = "Computation and Logic in the Real World",

address = "Germany",

}