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Learning As Self-organization by Joseph S. King, Karl H. Pribram

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Afterword

Karl H. Pribram and Joseph King

Appalachian IV: Afterword

by Joseph S. King and Karl H. Pribram

Introduction

The Fourth Appalachian Conference on Behavioral Neurodynamics centered on the theme: Learning as Self-Organization. When told of this theme, one colleague dismissed it as an appeal to a new fad called ‘self-organization’ despite the fact that the theme has been around for more than 30 years. In fact, the term is applied to two distinct processes: 1) autopoiesis, which is more aptly described as the self-maintenance of structure despite the replacement of its parts; and 2) its other formal meaning as described by one of its originators Ilya Prigogine, in the keynote address for Appalachian II. In this second sense, the use of ...

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