Monday, March 20, 2006


[evomech] Self-Organization, Emergence and the Architecture of Complexity

Heylighen F. (1989): "Self-Organization, Emergence and the Architecture of Complexity", in:
Proceedings of the 1st European Conference on System Science, (AFCET, Paris), p. 23-32.


It is argued that the problems of emergence and the architecture of complexity can be solved by analysing the self-organizing evolution of complex systems. A generalized, distributed variation selection model is proposed, in which internal and external aspects of selection and variation are contrasted. "Relational closure" is introduced as an internal selection criterion. A possible application of the theory in the form of a pattern directed computer system for supporting complex problem-solving is sketched.

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