A situation or setting which implies up to a point some future states of a system.
The concept has been used by R. ROSEN, who applies it to initial concentrations of some metabolites in a biosynthetic pathway. ROSEN understands that such a setting amounts to a preadaptation (1991a, p.544).
In any system, the present state, as well as its functional nature, implies definite limits to possible future transformations. It may for instance:
- absolutely preclude some
- make some others very improbable
- make others more or less probable.
- render some others unavoidable.
While in some cases the predictor defines quite precisely the future timing (chemical reactions), in others this prediction remains elusive (earthquakes, economic recessions).
- 1) General information
- 2) Methodology or model
- 3) Epistemology, ontology and semantics
- 4) Human sciences
- 5) Discipline oriented
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