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AUTOCATALYTIC CLOSURE IN A COGNITIVE SYSTEM: A TENTATIVE SCENARIO FOR THE ORIGIN OF CULTURE

@article{Gabora1998AUTOCATALYTICCI,
  title={AUTOCATALYTIC CLOSURE IN A COGNITIVE SYSTEM: A TENTATIVE SCENARIO FOR THE ORIGIN OF CULTURE},
  author={Liane Gabora},
  journal={arXiv: Adaptation and Self-Organizing Systems},
  year={1998}
}
  • L. Gabora
  • Published 1 December 1998
  • Psychology
  • arXiv: Adaptation and Self-Organizing Systems
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