All quotes from Heinz von Förster’s

I propose to continue the use of the term “self-organizing system,” whilst being aware of the fact that this term becomes meaningless, unless the system is in close contact with an environment, which possesses available energy and order, and with which our system is in a state of perpetual interaction, such that it somehow manages to “live” on the expenses of this environment.

The nonsensicality of the conception of an isolated self-organizing system.

In my restaurant, self-organizing systems do not only feed upon order, they will also find noise on the menu.