Exploring Constraint: Simulating Self-Organization and Autogenesis in the Autogenic Automaton

Stefan Leijnen, Tom Heskes, Terrence W. Deacon

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Abstract

Many origin of life theories argue that molecular self-organization explains the spontaneous emergence of structural and dynamical constraints. However, the preservation of these constraints over time is not well-explained because of
the self-undermining and self-limiting nature of these same processes. A process called autogenesis has been proposed in which a synergetic coupling between self-organized processes preserves the constraints thereby accumulated. This
paper presents a computer simulation of this process (the Autogenic
Automaton) and compares its behavior to the same self-organizing processes when uncoupled. We demonstrate that this coupling produces a second-order constraint that can both resist dissipation and become replicated in new substrates over time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016
Subtitle of host publicationALIFE
EditorsCarlos Gershenson, Tom Froese, Jesus M. Siqueiros, Wendy Aguilar, Eduardo J. Izquierdo, Hiroki Sayama
Place of PublicationCambridge, MA
PublisherMIT Press
Pages68-75
ISBN (Print)9780262339360
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventThe Fifteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems - Cancun, Mexico
Duration: 4 Jul 20168 Jul 2016

Publication series

NameComplex Adaptive Systems

Conference

ConferenceThe Fifteenth International Conference on the Synthesis and Simulation of Living Systems
CountryMexico
CityCancun
Period4/07/168/07/16

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