"Any phenomenon that can be distinguished" (F. HEYLIGHEN, 1992, p.4).
According to HEYLIGHEN, the concept includes "anything that is called feature, property, state, pattern, structure or system" (Ibid).
"Configuration" implies at least the notion of some kind of non random arrangement of elements.
HEYLIGHEN adds the following: "The selective retention of a stable configuration depends essentially on two factors: the configuration must be intrinsically stable (internal selection), and able to resist changes in its environment (external selection)" (pers.comm.).
G. BROEKSTRA considers configuration: "… as a holistic structural manifestation of the interplay of the underlying processes" (1993, p.76).
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