Seminar #47: Extending Autopoiesis to Incorporate Behavior
Extending Autopoiesis to Incorporate Behavior
4:30 p.m. Wednesday, 4th February – Arundel 401
“Bare” autopoiesis fails to fully address behavior and explains only direct self-maintenance (Di Paolo, 2005). As a case in point, up until recently, most computational models of autopoiesis fail to demonstrate any behavior beyond direct self-maintenance. One of the first models of autopoiesis to demonstrate behavior is that by Suzuki and Ikegami (2004,2006) which extends Varela, Maturana and Uribe’s original 1974 model with a few extra rules, resulting in a chemotactic autopoietic unity. The way that Suzuki and Ikegami extended the original model resulted in a highly entangled organization of behavior and autopoiesis — that is to say, the mechanism of behavior and of autopoiesis are one and the same. I will describe some limitations of this kind of organization and outline some alternative more “decoupled” organizations. I will then describe our new model of autopoiesis that incorporates decoupled behavioral mechanisms that we have developed to explore some of these ideas. Finally I will report on some ideas that have been clarified through our explorations of our model: “Dynamical Operational Closure” and “Autonomous Behavioral Mechanisms”.