ADAPTIVENESS (Limited) 1)2)
It stands out of ASHBY demonstration that "…for the accumulation of adaptations to be possible, the system must not be fully joined (1960, p.155)" that any further adaptation tends to increase the degree of "jointness" of the system, or in other words to increase constraints. As the system's variety, even if considerable, is limited, there seems to be a progressive increase of the defined possible states and a reduction of the potential for defining new ones, i.e. of adaptiveness.
In ASHBY's words: "Adaptation (we would say "adaptiveness")…demands not only the integration of related activities, but the independence of unrelated activities" (p.157)
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