Complex system studies are a growing area of central importance to a wide range of disciplines, ranging from physics to politics and beyond. Adopting this interdisciplinary approach, Systems, Self-Organisation and Information presents and discusses a range of ground-breaking research in complex systems theory.
Building upon foundational concepts, the volume introduces a theory of Self-Organization, providing definitions of concepts including system, structure, organization, functionality, and boundary. Biophysical and cognitive approaches to Self-Organization are also covered, discussing the complex dynamics of living beings and the brain, and self-organized adaptation and learning in computational systems. The convergence of Peircean philosophy with the study of Self-Organization also provides an original pathway of research, which contributes to a dialogue between pragmatism, semeiotics, complexity theory, and self-organizing systems.
As one of the few interdisciplinary works on systems theory, relating Self-Organization and Information Theory, Systems, Self-Organisation and Information is an invaluable resource for researchers and postgraduate students interested in complex systems theory from related disciplines including philosophy, physics, and engineering.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Alfredo Pereira Jr., William A. Pickering, and Ricardo Gudwin
Part I - Foundational Studies
1. The Idea of Self-Organization
2. The Dynamics of Primary Self-Organization
3. Basic Concepts of Systemics
Ettore Bresciani Filho and Itala M. Loffredo D’Ottaviano
4. The Role of Information in Self-Organization
Alfredo Pereira Jr. and Maria Eunice Quilic Gonzalez
5. On the Self-Organizing of Reality-Totality as Living Knowledge
Ricardo Pereira Tassinari
Part II - Biophysical and Cognitive Approaches
6. Vital Flow: the Self-Organization Stage
Romeu Cardoso Guimarães
7. Implication and Information: A Quantitative-Informational Analysis of Material Implication
Marcos Antonio Alves and Itala M. Loffredo D’Ottaviano
8. Self-Organization in Computational Systems
Ricardo Ribeiro Gudwin
Part III - Practical Issues
9. Self-Organization and Action: A Systemic Approach to Common Action
Mariana Claudia Broens
10. Complexity and Informational Privacy: A Study in the Systemic Perspective
João Antonio de Moraes and Maria Eunice Quilici Gonzalez
11. An Understanding of Solidarity Economy in the Light of Self-Organization Theory
Renata Cristina Geromel Meneghetti
12. Multilingualism and Social Self-Organization in Brazil
Part IV - Semiotic Studies
13. Prolegomena to a Semeiotic Theory of Self-Organization
14. Habit Formation and Self-Organization: A Peircean Approach
Ivo A. Ibri
15. Origin of the Cosmos and Self-Organization in the Work of Charles Sanders Peirce
Lauro Frederico Barbosa da Silveira
16. Diagrammatic Logic as a Method for the Study of Cosmovisions
Alfredo Pereira Jr. is Professor at Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho, Brazil.
William Alfred Pickering holds a doctorate in Linguistics, and is currently a freelance translator.
Ricardo Ribeiro Gudwin is an Associate Professor at the University of Campinas, Brazil.