Complex system studies are a growing area of central importance to a wide range of disciplines, ranging from physics to politics and beyond. Adopting this interdisciplinary approach, Systems, Self-Organisation and Information presents and discusses a range of ground-breaking research in complex systems theory.

Building upon foundational concepts, the volume introduces a theory of Self-Organization, providing definitions of concepts including system, structure, organization, functionality, and boundary. Biophysical and cognitive approaches to Self-Organization are also covered, discussing the complex dynamics of living beings and the brain, and self-organized adaptation and learning in computational systems. The convergence of Peircean philosophy with the study of Self-Organization also provides an original pathway of research, which contributes to a dialogue between pragmatism, semeiotics, complexity theory, and self-organizing systems.

As one of the few interdisciplinary works on systems theory, relating Self-Organization and Information Theory, Systems, Self-Organisation and Information is an invaluable resource for researchers and postgraduate students interested in complex systems theory from related disciplines including philosophy, physics, and engineering.

chapter |3 pages


Edited ByAlfredo Pereira, William Alfred Pickering, Ricardo Ribeiro Gudwin

part Part I|2 pages

Foundational studies

chapter 1|16 pages

The idea of Self-Organization

ByMichel Debrun

chapter 2|24 pages

The dynamics of primary Self-Organization

ByMichel Debrun

chapter 3|17 pages

Basic concepts of systemics

ByEttore Bresciani Filho, Itala M. Loffredo D’Ottaviano

chapter 4|11 pages

The role of information in Self-Organization

ByAlfredo Pereira, Maria Eunice Quilici Gonzalez

chapter 5|10 pages

On the self-organizing of Reality-Totality as living Knowledge

ByRicardo Pereira Tassinari

part Part II|2 pages

Biophysical and cognitive approaches

chapter 6|13 pages

Vital flow

The Self-Organization stage
ByRomeu Cardoso Guimarães

chapter 7|13 pages

Implication and information

A quantitative-informational analysis of material implication
ByMarcos Antonio Alves, Itala M. Loffredo D’Ottaviano

chapter 8|9 pages

Self-Organization in computational systems

ByRicardo Ribeiro Gudwin

part Part III|2 pages

Practical issues

chapter 9|12 pages

Self-Organization and action

A systemic approach to common action
Edited ByMariana Claudia Broens

chapter 10|12 pages

Complexity and informational privacy

A study in the systemic perspective
ByJoão Antonio de Moraes, Maria Eunice Quilici Gonzalez

chapter 11|15 pages

An Understanding of Solidarity Economy in the Light of Self-Organization Theory

ByRenata Cristina Geromel Meneghetti

chapter 12|8 pages

Multilingualism and Social Self-Organization in Brazil

ByClaudia Wanderley

part Part IV|2 pages

Semiotic studies

chapter 13|19 pages

Prolegomena to a semeiotic theory of Self-Organization

ByVinicius Romanini

chapter 14|13 pages

Habit Formation and Self-Organization

A Peircean approach
ByIvo A. Ibri

chapter 15|9 pages

Origin of the cosmos and Self-Organization in the work of Charles Sanders Peirce

ByLauro Frederico Barbosa da Silveira

chapter 16|16 pages

Diagrammatic logic as a method for the study of cosmovisions

ByEnidio Ilario