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Robert Rosen's anticipatory systems

A.H. Louie (A.H. Louie is a mathematical biologist based in Ottawa, Canada.)

Foresight

ISSN: 1463-6689

Article publication date: 1 June 2010

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Abstract

Purpose

This article aims to be an expository introduction to Robert Rosen's anticipatory systems, the theory of which provides the conceptual basis for foresight studies.

Design/methodology/approach

The ubiquity of anticipatory systems in nature is explained.

Findings

Causality is not violated by anticipatory systems, and teleology is an integral aspect of science.

Practical implications

A terse exposition for a general readership, such as the present article, by definition cannot get into too many details. For further exploration the reader is referred to the recent book More than Life Itself by the author.

Originality/value

The topic of anticipatory systems in particular, and methods of relational biology in general, provide important tools for foresight studies. It is the author's hope that this brief glimpse into the world of relational biology piques the interest of some readers to pursue the subject further.

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Citation

Louie, A.H. (2010), "Robert Rosen's anticipatory systems", Foresight, Vol. 12 No. 3, pp. 18-29. https://doi.org/10.1108/14636681011049848

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2010, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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