The first interaction between hitherto unconnected elements, leading to the progressive, but irreversible shaping of an autopoietic system.
"In general, it becomes quickly irreversible, but a long morphogenetic process is needed in order to materialize the potential thus created. What comes with self-closure is organizational dynamics.
"Self closure includes the following aspects:
- an interface or boundary appears, separating clearly and in a definitive way the new system from its environment, defining the internal space it controls ("invironment").
- within this boundary, the system asserts inmediately its autonomy. It becomes able to control its inputs and to react to stimuli from its environment. Eventually, it becomes able to exert some action on it
- the system starts at once to differentiate its more or less complex structures and functions
These organizational dynamics are quite well known in the case of biological systems. However, they can be recognized under different guises in social systems, as for example:
- the birth of an enterprise
- the birth of a natural language
- 1) General information
- 2) Methodology or model
- 3) Epistemology, ontology and semantics
- 4) Human sciences
- 5) Discipline oriented
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