The general idea of self-organizing goalseeking systems, able to pursue self-defined goals, is circulating around in systemics, practically since its beginnings. It has been in various cases cloaked in greek apparel (Telos = goal, etc…), a fact that did not necessarily made it more accessible and clearer.
The first source was possibly the Golem, which (or who?) was goal-seeking, but not much self-organizing. But the model is the human being him/herself, in search for his/her deepest understanding.
We may approach the goal concept through the general synergetic one of order-parameter, "the macroscopic structure or field emergent out of interactions at the more microscopic level" or "a macroscopic collective field, emergent at critical points out of myriad interactions at the microlevel", in K DE GREENE words (1994, p.12). Simultaneously, various networks models and also experimental devices are now exploring this field.
Hereafter, some teleo-related concepts and models.
- 1) General information
- 2) Methodology or model
- 3) Epistemology, ontology and semantics
- 4) Human sciences
- 5) Discipline oriented
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