1. The capacity of a system to reproduce its own elements and the characteristic network of interactions between them.
This definition corresponds to the property of autopoiesis and its complement, organizational closure.
2. The capacity of a system to generate another system endowed with the same characteristics as itself.
This definition corresponds to Jvon NEUMANN concept of self-reproducing "automata".
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