By J.P. Crutchfield
This is a bold claim. I'd be pleased to back it up by giving a talk on our development of computational mechanics and on the evolution of emergent computation. I think the Symposium attendees would appreciate the level on concreteness that we can bring to this discussion.
Although some people recognize our contributions exist-e.g. Gell-mann does obliquely mention our work in his recent book-and although the work has been published for several years now, many do not appreciate the concrete progress that has been made. The Symposium could provide a forum for this exposure.
I would recommend browsing our WWW site: http://www.santafe.edu/projects/CompMech and http://www.santafe.edu/projects/evca.