A process of self regulated evolution in the biosphere as a whole.

This concept has been introduced by V.F. Levchenko and Ya.I. Starobogatov.

In a more recent paper, Levchenko writes: "… canalizing factors include the environment which is not invariable with time but depends just on the evolution of both the biosphere itself and the organisms it is composed of"(1998, p. 106)

Self- regulation in natural systems was also suggested by Francois (1983), himself inspired by Ashby's "Principles of the self-organizing system"(1968)

Autocanalization is certainly significant for the understanding of Lovelock's GAIA (1979)

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