Life After Ashby: Ultrastability and the Autopoietic Foundations of Biological Autonomy

@article{Froese2010LifeAA,
  title={Life After Ashby: Ultrastability and the Autopoietic Foundations of Biological Autonomy},
  author={Tom Froese and John Stewart},
  journal={Cybernetics and Human Knowing},
  year={2010},
  volume={17},
  pages={7-49}
}
The concept of autopoiesis was conceived by Maturana and Varela as providing the necessary and sufficient conditions for distinguishing the living from the non-living (and, by extension, the cognitive from the non-cognitive). More recently however, there has been a growing consensus that their original conception of autopoiesis is necessary but insufficient for this task as it fails to meet a number of constructive, interactive, normative, and historical requirements. We argue that it also… CONTINUE READING
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