Complexity of the Ecological Mosaics

Often we are thinking about complexity as a status of the matter in which the relationships are the main constraints or actors. This is correct, but it is not the only condition to explain the observed complexity.

Complexity means capacity for self-organization, irreversibility, cybernetics, but it means also opportunity for the appearance of new processes, patterns, and biological forms.

Stochasticity, or if you prefer information, must flow easily, at the edge of chaos, to create new conditions.

For this it is reasonable to hypothesize - in addition to connectivity between the components of a system - independent mechanisms able to isolate temporarily some parts of a system, to organize such parts and then to fragment again such parts to form "creative" opportunities and to insert such parts into the processes.

Complexity in the mosaic represents the rule and not the exception. Such complexity depends mainly on the nature of the mosaics and on the relationship with the organisms that intercept such figures.

Complexity in a mosaic means that a mosaic is composed of nominal juxtaposed patches like a puzzle, but in turn every patch can be modified at any time by internal or external mechanisms, creating a dynamism that at the end influences the structure of the whole mosaic.

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