Evoking a new way of thinking.
Key Vocabulary: Boundaries
Boundaries play a seldom understood role in what is often
referred to as "self-organization". Note that
Prigogine himself (who coined the current usage of the term)
regretted that the meme of self-organization took hold when he
meant "self-contained within an established boundary."
Self-organization can ONLY occur inside a boundary -- for it
is the boundary which acts as the constraint to define the
"self" which is organizing. Thus in the drawing
below, the system is the "self" which would be the subject of
Boundaries can act as both limiting constraints and as enabling constraints.
Boundaries can also serve as delimiters regarding
category membership -- with all which that may imply in a
Science I world.