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A General Methodology for Designing Self-Organizing Systems

Our technologies complexify our environments. Thus, new technologies need to deal with more and more complexity. Several efforts have been made to deal with this complexity using the concept of self-organization. However, in order to promote its use and understanding, … Continue reading

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Towards a new Complexity Science of Learning and Education

In this position paper we argue that the field of  learning and education is in a crisis and that the current paradigms in educational science are unable to adequately resolve the problems that are encountered in pedagogical practice. We believe … Continue reading

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An Information-Theoretic Primer on Complexity, Self-Organization and Emergence

Complex Systems Science aims to understand concepts like complexity, self-organization, emergence and adaptation, among others. The inherent fuzziness in complex systems definitions is complicated by the unclear relation among these central processes: does self-organisation emerge or does it set the … Continue reading

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The Self-Organizing Society: A Grower’s Guide

Can a human society be organized in such a way that self-organization will always tend to produce outcomes that advance the goals of the society? Such a society would be self-organizing in the sense that agents which pursue only their … Continue reading

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Emergence, Causality, Self-Organisation

Emergence and self-organisation are  the  two main concepts  that  this book and  the research project “Human Strategies in Complexity”  focus on. Aspects of emergence are: Synergism: Emergence  is due  to  the productive  interaction between entities. Synergies between  interacting  entities  are  … Continue reading

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Self-organization of Time and Causality – steps towards understanding the ultimate origin

Probably  the  most  fundamental  problem  is  the  origin  of  time  and causality. The inherent difficulty is that all scientific theories of origins and evolution consider  the  existence  of  time  and  causality  as  given. We  tackle  this  problem  by starting  from  … Continue reading

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Auto-organizzazioni: Il mistero dell’emergenza nei sistemi fisici, biologici e sociali

Molti fenomeni complessi non possono essere compresi a partire dalla conoscenza dei costituenti elementari, poiché, interagendo tra loro danno luogo a una dinamica globale profondamente diversa. Ed ecco apparire piante, animali, popolazioni, organizzazioni, mercati, spontaneamente emergenti dal basso. Nessun capo, … Continue reading

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Structuration Theory and Self-Organization

Social systems theory is dominated by a reductionistic individualism and a dualistic  functionalism. Especially the  latter doesn’t adequately  integrate the human being. In order to avoid dualism, mechanistic determinism and reductionism,  a dialectical concept  of  social  systems that is based … Continue reading

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The Self-Organisation of Politics, Power and the Nation State

Society is self-organising or re-creative in the sense that new emergent structures result from interactions of actors, these structures enable and constrain actions and stimulate further practices. Political self-organisation is a reflexive process where political agents co-ordinate their actions in … Continue reading

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Modern Society – A Complex, Evolutionary, Self-Organising, Antagonistic System

The aim of this paper is to outline some foundational aspects of a theory of self-organising social change. Synchronous social self-organisation is based on a contradiction between structures and actors that produces emergent results. The cycle of expanded reproduction of … Continue reading

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