A CALCULUS FOR SELF-REFERENCE: International Journal of General Systems: Vol 2, No 1 – Francisco and Varela (1974)

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A CALCULUS FOR SELF-REFERENCE: International Journal of General Systems: Vol 2, No 1

A CALCULUS FOR SELF-REFERENCE

J. FRANCISCO &G. VARELA

Pages 5-24

Received 15 Aug 1974, Accepted 03 Oct 1974, Published online: 31 May 2007

Abstract

An extension of the calculus of indications (of G. Spencer Brown) is presented to encompass all occurrences of self-referential situations. This is done through the introduction of a third state in the form of indication, a state seen to arise autonomously by self-indication. The new extended calculus is fully developed, and some of its consequences for systems, logic and epistemology are discussedINDEX TERMS: Self-referenceself-referential systemscalculus of indicationsparadoxesautonomy

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A CALCULUS FOR SELF-REFERENCE: International Journal of General Systems: Vol 2, No 1