25 Jul

Autopoiesis

“We become observers through recursively generating representations of our interactions, and by interacting with several representations simultaneously we generate relations with the representations of which we can then interact and repeat this process recursively, thus remaining in a domain of interactions always larger than that of the representation.” (Maturna and Verela, Autopoiesis and Cognition: the realization of the living, 14). 

It seems like they’re describing an interface here.  Interface allows the user to interact with representations in a domain that is always larger than representation.  This sentence also places the dynamics of the system with the processs of interaction and not the result of those same interactions. 

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