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SYMPOIETIC AND AUTOPOIETIC SYSTEMS: A NEW DISTINCTION FOR SELF-ORGANIZING SYSTEMS

@inproceedings{Dempster2000SYMPOIETICAA,
  title={SYMPOIETIC AND AUTOPOIETIC SYSTEMS: A NEW DISTINCTION FOR SELF-ORGANIZING SYSTEMS},
  author={Beth Dempster},
  year={2000}
}
Heuristics provide essential tools for understanding living systems, their characteristics and their behaviours. My intent in this paper is to describe a considerably different heuristic than the conventional tools. My motivation is a concern that heuristics based on the organism metaphor are often inappropriate and misleading for understanding complex systems. I propose a new concept based on an interpretation of ecosystems: sympoietic systems. These are complex, self-organizing but… 

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