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Researcher Stewart, John
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Subject Domain (in DDC) Computer science, information & general works ♦ Data processing & computer science
Subject Keyword Boundary Condition ♦ Cognition Paul Bourgine ♦ Autopoietic System ♦ Modified Definition ♦ Specific Way ♦ Minimal Example ♦ Claude Bernard ♦ Living System ♦ Tesselation Automaton ♦ Dynamical System ♦ Mathematical Model ♦ Sensory Input ♦ Thesis T1 ♦ Thesis T2 ♦ Viability Constraint ♦ Ongoing Existence ♦ Random Dynamical System ♦ Autopoietic Domain
Abstract automaton, random dynamical system, boundary conditions Abstract This article revisits the concept of autopoiesis and examines its relation to cognition and life. We present a mathematical model of a 3D tesselation automaton, considered as a minimal example of autopoiesis. This leads us to a thesis T1: “An autopoietic system can be described as a random dynamical system, which is defined only within its organized autopoietic domain. ” We propose a modified definition of autopoiesis: “An autopoietic system is a network of processes that produces the components that reproduce the network, and that also regulates the boundary conditions necessary for its ongoing existence as a network. ” We also propose a definition of cognition: “A system is cognitive if and only if sensory inputs serve to trigger actions in a specific way, so as to satisfy a viability constraint. ” It follows from these definitions that the concepts of autopoiesis and cognition, although deeply related in their connection with the regulation of the boundary conditions of the system, are not immediately identical: a system can be autopoietic without being cognitive, and cognitive without being autopoietic. Finally, we propose a thesis T2: “A system that is both autopoietic and cognitive is a living system.” Systems are not in Nature, they are in the mind of humans.—Claude Bernard 1
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Education Level UG and PG ♦ Career/Technical Study
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