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Please note: This page was first posted for participants in the May 3-5, 1999 conference on closure and emergent dynamics in Ghent, Belgium, but all interested parties are welcome. The abstract for the paper is given below. The paper has since been published in the Annals of the New York Academy of Science under the name "Spontaneous Order, Autocatakinetic Closure and the Development of Space-Time". By this time it may also have been made available on line by the (email Recently the full text of Swenson & Turvey 1991 "Thermodynamic Reasons for Perception-Action Cyles" has gone on line here.


Selected Abstracts


Autocatakinetics, the Development of Space-Time, and the Epistemic Act: The Collapse of the A Posteriori and A Priori at the Foundations of a Relational Ontology

 Abstract, Conference on Closure, Emergent Organizations, and Their Dynamics, Ghent, Belgium, May 3-5, 1999


Autocatakinetics, the Minimal Ontology,
and the Constitutive Logic of Ecological Relations

 The Japanese Journal of Contemporary Philosophy (1998)


Order, Disorder, and the Laws of Thermodynamics (the First Law, the Second Law [the "entropy" law], and the Law of Maximum Entropy Production) (excerpt review)

Further discussion in many of the papers listed in refs


 Closed-Circle Theory (excerpt)

From: Spontaneous Order, Evolution, and Autocatakinetics: The Nomological Basis for the Emergence of Meaning, in G. Van de Vijver et al. (eds.), Evolutionary Systems, 155-180, 1998.

Selected References


To reach Rod Swenson email:
Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action
Department of Psychology, University of Connecticut