Carlos Gershenson

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Carlos Gershenson (born 1978) is a Mexican computer scientist, and researcher at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He has worked on topics such as self-organizing systems, complexity, artificial life, information, cognitive science, and philosophy.


Artificial Societies of Intelligent Agents (2001)[edit]

Carlos Gershenson (2001) Artificial Societies of Intelligent Agents Thesis for majoring in Computing Engineering.
  • Objects do not depend on the concepts we have of them.
    • p. 5
  • How can we ask ourselves how can we ask ourselves?
    • p. 18
  • If something has an explanation, you can explain it. If it has no explanation, you should explain why you cannot explain it.
    • p. 19
  • It is not that you cannot understand it, it is that you cannot compute it.
    • p. 25
  • Before being humans, we are animals.
    • p. 26 (also on p. 4)
  • All ideas are valid in the context they were created.
    • p. 86
  • The only impossible thing is something to be impossible.
    • p. 93
  • Once you know the rules of the game, you can change them.
    • p. 94

Design and Control of Self-organizing Systems (2007)[edit]

Carlos Gershenson (2007) Design and Control of Self-organizing Systems. CopIt Arxives
  • The question is not whether something is wrong with subjectivity. We are embedded in it, so we can only deal with it, or be blind and attempt to ignore it.
    • p. 29
  • Nothing is free of its own limits.
    • p. 38
  • Philosophers get paid for posing interesting questions; scientists for answering them. Thus, one cannot live without the other...
    • p. 60
  • All human relationships are based on misunderstandings.
    • p. 102
  • Winning or losing does not matter as much as what you learn from it.
    • p. 133


  • Knowledge brings more questions than answers
    • Quote in: Carlos Gershenson (2007) Design and Control of Self-organizing Systems. p. 144
    • However Eduardo Gianetti (2001) Lies We Live By: The Art of Self Deception p. 136 stated:
      Laplace's omniscient intelligence transcends the human condition and, what's more serious, seems to get ever more and more out of reach, as the advance of scientific knowledge brings more questions than answers.

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