Calls for Papers (special): International Journal of Conceptual Structures and Smart Applications (IJCSSA)

Special Issue On: Programmed Death in Dynamic Systems: Natural, Artificial, and Social

Submission Due Date

Guest Editors
Dr. Jeremy Horne, IAL CEO, Science Advisor and Curriculum Coordinator

Much has been written (Varella and Maturana, for examples) concerning autopoiesis, or self-organization within systems, that which enables the system to self-organize and maintain its identity. This presentation focuses upon self-destruction and entropy, the state of complete disorganization, the logical opposite of autopoiesis. The interaction between self-organization and entropy occurs within putative closed and open systems, or viability in the context of mere homeostasis (self-maintaining) or adaptation. To a certain extent, we may tell the difference between system sustaining processes and processes that are leading to a system’s demise in terms of externally determined goal states, but attention should be given to a system’s ability to acquire a self-destructive goal state as part of its core (the same core allowing for autopoiesis). When this occurs, there appears a seeming paradox of the system’s tendency to be homeostatic or adaptive and drawing upon that core with the autodestructive element. Autodestructive elements already exist in systems, an example being the IL-18 T-cells in humans. The question is whether a process or mechanism, such as cell apoptosis (cell death) as an analogue programmed into systems, especially organic (artificially and naturally) systems. One may include societies as organic systems, as well. More controversial is social entropy in this species, such as it not having the collective wisdom to meet challenges posed by advanced technologies and the will not to destroy the environment necessary to sustain them, let alone commit suicide of the species, itself.

Autodestruction may exist as an abstraction, but one may want to pause and reflect upon any dynamic system, many of which are alleged to have assumed lives of their own, the Internet being a case in point. In the political philosophical arena, it may be asked whether societies, themselves as organic units have life cycles, the endpoint also being a form of apoptosis. Oriented more towards applications environments, one sees the emergence of technology under the rubric of “Smart Cities”, suggesting that the artifacts of social units (cities) may be “verbalized” by descriptive systems (the “Smart” Cities) that also may have their own lives, similar to the Internet. A major question is whether autodestruction exists here, as well. In summary, this special issue aims to address the question of system sustainability in terms of programmed self-destruction and its implication for systems and societies.

Recommended Topics
Programmed self-destruction (natural, artificial, and social)
The state of complete disorganization
Autodestructive elements that already exist in systems
Autodestruction as a counterpart to autopoiesis in dynamic systems
Social entropy
Societies as organic units
Cell apoptosis (cell death) programmed into systems
Artifacts of social units
Life cycles in mobile, ubiquitous, or embedded systems
Dynamic system adaptability against the backdrop of programmed system death
Homeostasis vs. adaptation in terms of viability
System sustaining processes and processes that are leading to a system’s demise
Emergence of technology under the rubric of "Smart Cities" and its political philosophical significance

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit papers for this special theme issue on Programmed Death in Dynamic Systems: Natural, Artificial, and Social on or before September 30, 2017. All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication. INTERESTED AUTHORS SHOULD CONSULT THE JOURNAL’S GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSIONS at All submitted papers will be reviewed on a double-blind, peer review basis. Papers must follow APA style for reference citations.

Follow the submission link below to begin your contribution.

All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of:
Dr. Jeremy Horne