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Information 2015, 6(4), 669-678; doi:10.3390/info6040669

Extending Deacon’s Notion of Teleodynamics to Culture, Language, Organization, Science, Economics and Technology (CLOSET)

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Department of Physics, University of Toronto, 60 St George St, Toronto M5S 1A7, ON, Canada
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Book and Media Program, St. Michael's College, 81 St Mary St, Toronto M5S 1J4, ON, Canada
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Strategic Innovation Lab, OCAD University, 100 McCaul St, Toronto M5T 1W1, ON, Canada 
Academic Editors: Mark Burgin and Wolfgang Hofkirchner
Received: 26 August 2015 / Accepted: 13 October 2015 / Published: 16 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Selected Papers from the ISIS Summit Vienna 2015)
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Abstract

Terrence Deacon’s (2012) notion developed in his book Incomplete Nature (IN) that living organisms are teleodynamic systems that are self-maintaining, self-correcting and self-reproducing is extended to human social systems. The hypothesis is developed that culture, language, organization, science, economics and technology (CLOSET) can be construed as living organisms that evolve, maintain and reproduce themselves and are self-correcting, and hence are teleodynamic systems. The elements of CLOSET are to a certain degree autonomous, even though they are obligate symbionts dependent on their human hosts for the energy that sustains them. View Full-Text
Keywords: culture; language; organization; organization; science; economics; technology; teleodynamics; morphodynamics; homeodynamics; thermodynamics; organism; obligate symbiont culture; language; organization; organization; science; economics; technology; teleodynamics; morphodynamics; homeodynamics; thermodynamics; organism; obligate symbiont
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Logan, R.K. Extending Deacon’s Notion of Teleodynamics to Culture, Language, Organization, Science, Economics and Technology (CLOSET). Information 2015, 6, 669-678.

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