Teleonomic entropy

In animate thermodynamics, teleonomic entropy is a measure of disorder in biopsychosocial systems. [1] The conception of teleonomic entropy was conceived by Greek psychologists Dimitri Katakis and Charis Katakis in 1982 as a type of entropy, useful in the study of system hierarchies, related to the quality of apparent purposefulness in living systems that derives from their evolutionary adaptation; in short, a type of entropy in end-directed systems. [2] The duo supposedly began applying the concept of entropy, in the general sense, to psychotherapy in 1978. [3] Teleonomic entropy, accordingly, is argued to be “transformable” in that the teleonomic entropy at a given level of a system can affect the teleonomic entropy of different levels of the same system or other systems. [4] Whereas disorder in thermodynamics refers to the position and velocities of molecules, maximum teleonomic entropy means complete indifference to goals. [3]

1. Katakis, Dimitri F. and Katakis, Charis D. (1986). “Transference and Transformation of Teleonomic Entropy.” (abstract) Behavioral Science, Vol. 31, Issue 1, pgs. 52-62.
2. Katakis, Dimitri F. and Katakis, Charis D. (1982). “Teleonomic Entropy in Biopsychosocial Systems.” (abstract) Behavioral Science, Vol. 27, Issue 2, pgs. 118-24.
3. Bailey, Kenneth D. (1990). Social Entropy Theory (pgs. 85-86). New York: State University of New York Press.
4. Ammon, Ulrich. (1989). Status and Function of Languages and Language Varieties (pg. 537). Walter de Gruyter.

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