Holosystem

The Holosystem Structure

The Holosystem is defined as a dissipative structure composed of dissipative structures.  I propose the Holosystem Structure as one of the Laws of Functional Order.   A single holosystem displays the self-similarity of functions among parts and wholes that makes Levolution work as a thermodynamic process. Note that a holosystem, in addition to the universal functions…

Types of Order – Introducing the Holosystem

The concept of “order” has always been problematic.  The revelation here is that there are several scientifically important types of it, and the confusion that this has caused has confused people for a long time. Ludwig Boltzmann characterized the order that is most commonly associated with entropy.  His type of order is Thermal-Kinetic Order.  It…

Dissipative Structure Law (DSL)

The Dissipative Structure is a thermodynamic “attractor” state, very similar in some ways to the state of equilibrium.  Ilya Prigogine, a Belgian chemist, discovered it, and won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for it in 1977.  It represents the state of a discrete system or structure, with a maximal rate of energy flow that displays…