Fictionalism of Anticipation

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A promising recent approach for understanding complex phenomena is recognition of anticipatory behavior of living organisms, social organizations. The anticipatory, predictive action permits learning, novelty seeking, rich experiential existence. I argue that the established frameworks of anticipation, adaptation, or learning imply overly passive roles of anticipatory agents, and that a fictionalist, or even a mythological vocabulary would reflect the core of anticipatory behavior better than representational or future references. Cognizing beings enact not just their model of the world, but own make-believe existential agenda as well. It is instructive to see that anticipatory behavior is not without mundane or loathsome deficiencies. Compelling anthropomorphisms of anticipatory activity suggest a formulation of an anticipatory kind of panpsychism. This article constitutes a primer introduction to the overlooked fictionalist facets of anticipation and their deep going implications.
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