"A system's behavior is determined not only by the state and influence of the environment, but also by the system'hs own goals presupposing the transformation of the environment, its subjection to the system's need" (I.V. BLAUBERG, V.N. SADOVSKY & E.G. YUDIN, 1977, p.120).
According to these authors: "…in a system with active behavior, a crucial role is played by the teleological characteristics of the system itself and of its separate (i.e. distinct) subsystems, and by the interaction of these characteristics" (p.130).
Active behavior is possible only for a system endowed with regulation and control mechanisms, which must include a knowledge of its own state and that of its environment, including some knowledge of past states.
This concept makes sense particularly in connection with autonomous (= autopoietic) systems
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