A general theory of evolutionary change.
MST has been proposed by the Principia Cybernetica Group (F. HEYLIGHEN, C. JOSLYN and V. TURCHIN).
This is a theory about "the primary act of evolution, the free and spontaneopus emergence of higher levels of organization and control…
"The phenomena explained in terms of metasystem transitions include the origins of life, of sexual reproduction, of multi-cellular organisms, of neural organisms capable of coordinated action and learning, of thought and language, and of human society and industry. In the future we predict the development of global human society and human meta- or super-beings, which preserve the cybernetic organization of human minds through direct human-machine and human-human connections" (1992a, p.509).
More than a theory, this is a general hypothesis that should be researched more deeply. This is the announced goal of the Principia Cybernetica Group.
Ch. FRANÇOIS proposes an "Integrative view of Meta-System Transition" in relation to various systemic evolutive models as chaos, deviation-amplification processes, dissipative structuration, disymmetries, hypercycles, organizational closure, etc… He applies the concept to the general evolution of humanity, including the present trend toward world integration. (1995, p.173-79).
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