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Systems, Self-Organisation and Information
An Interdisciplinary Perspective

ISBN 9781138609938
Published October 9, 2018 by Routledge
248 Pages

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Book Description

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

Michel Debrun

2. The Dynamics of Primary Self-Organization

Michel Debrun

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

Claudia Wanderley

Part IV - Semiotic Studies

13. Prolegomena to a Semeiotic Theory of Self-Organization

Vinicius Romanini

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

Enidio Ilario

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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.