This concept proposed by R.W. FULLER and P. PUTNAM, is interesting because it connects structure and function.
The authors explain that, in networks, structures tend to be self-reinforcing through the following mechanism: random search processes in the network tend to produce the emergence of relative dominance of some patterns (crf. D. HEBB's habituation). This in turn tends to stop the random search:
"What stops a random search is reinforced again and again – every time the associated drive factor is excited – because what satisfies a drive factor once will do so again if it catches the basic principle involved" (1967, p.105).
… and: "The historical sequence of random searches becomes linked together in a chain" (Ibid., p. 106)
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