, Volume 41, Issue 6, pp 713–719 | Cite as

On the stability of cognitive processes

  • E. Cervén
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An empirical and mathematical model for self-organization is proposed, based on elemental properties, on unique interaction and on the combination of hierarchical elements. In the model, higher elements are stabilized by the ‘cognitive’ (strong) interaction of subelements, disregarding intermediate elements. This is called ‘elementary reductionism’ and is illustrated by the sequence quarks-elementary particles-atoms-molecules-cells-organisms-societies. Optimal dynamic interaction of nonidentical elements is called ‘cognitive stability’. This is compared with thermodynamic equilibrium. The principal differences are outlined.

Key words

Self-organization cognitive processes elementary reductionism cognitive stability thermodynamic equilibrium hierarchical elements dynamics of interaction 


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  • E. Cervén
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  1. 1.Faculty of Pharmaceutical SciencesUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan

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