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Self-organized systems, by progressive differentiation evolve from having less sub-systems with more general or less specialized functions to a larger number of subsystems that perform more specialized tasks or have more specialized individuals.
To understand life, however, scientists had to grasp how information created through interactions reducing thermodynamic gradients is then stored in self-organized systems.
Self-organized systems are characterized mainly by non linear dynamics, by sensibility to initial conditions and parameter sensitivity.
These self-organized systems consist of tenuously linked parts at the edge of stability balanced between periodic and chaotic behavior.
But it must be supplemented by a theory of signs and signification, as well as theories about those biological and social systems to which the difference can make a difference, as cybernetics largely addresses the circularity of differences in self-organized systems.
Cole (this volume) argues that biological self-organized systems are expressions of the hierarchical character of biological systems and are, therefore, both the products of, and subject to, natural selection.
One of the appealing aspects of the study of self-organized systems is that we do not need anything specific from biology to understand the existence of self-organization.

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