Appalachian IV: Afterword
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 ...