"Partial closure from the environment which is necessary for multiorder feedback to develop between the components within (the system)" (G.H. FAIRLOUGH, 1988, p.408).
The notion has been introduced by M. EIGEN and P. SCHUSTER in "The Hypercycle" (1979), with biological examples.
"By analogy, we can view compartmentation as critical to the evolution of self-organizing adaptive social systems" (FAIRLOUGH, p.408).
Compartmentation is hypothised to lead to the shaping of a boundary by way of the progressive self-organization of cyclic and hypercyclic feedbacks. The final result should be complete organizational closure and autopoiesis (see "The Hypercycle", p.86).
Compartmentation could start with the appearance of dissymmetries in some specific surroundings. See Hans KUHN on this topic (1976).
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