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Part I: Ecological and Dynamical Foundations ; 1. Fundamental Issues and Perspectives in the Development of Action ; 2. From Bernstein and von Holst to Dynamical Systems Complexity ; 3. Ecological Foundations ; 4. The Components of Action Systems: Subsystems and Their Interaction ; Part II: Self-Organization and Selection as the Basis for the Assembly of Action Systems ; 5. Spontaneous Pattern Formation ; 6. Selection and the Emergence of Specialized Functions ; 7. The Ontogeny of Action Systems: A Theory ; Part III: The Action Systems ; 8. Basic Orienting ; 9. Appetition ; 10. Locomotion ; 11. The Performatory Action System: Manual Activity ; 12. The Expressive Action System ; 13. Directions

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"The concept [action systems] is an appealing one and has attracted considerable attention as a descriptive device.. However, Goldfield's book is the first systematic attempt to use it as an analytic and explanatory tool. . . . it is a most refreshing and attractive view and is evidencing considerable promise."--Contemporary Psychology "Emergent Forms proposes a new and unique perspective on the intruguing problem of the phylogenetic and ontogenetic origin and development of action systems." --Quarterly Review of Biology "The concept [action systems] is an appealing one and has attracted considerable attention as a descriptive device.. However, Goldfield's book is the first systematic attempt to use it as an analytic and explanatory tool. . . . it is a most refreshing and attractive view and is evidencing considerable promise."--Contemporary Psychology "Emergent Forms proposes a new and unique perspective on the intruguing problem of the phylogenetic and ontogenetic origin and development of action systems." --Quarterly Review of Biology "The concept [action systems] is an appealing one and has attracted considerable attention as a descriptive device.. However, Goldfield's book is the first systematic attempt to use it as an analytic and explanatory tool. . . . it is a most refreshing and attractive view and is evidencing considerable promise."--Contemporary Psychology "Emergent Forms proposes a new and unique perspective on the intruguing problem of the phylogenetic and ontogenetic origin and development of action systems." --Quarterly Review of Biology "The concept [action systems] is an appealing one and has attracted considerable attention as a descriptive device.. However, Goldfield's book is the first systematic attempt to use it as an analytic and explanatory tool. . . . it is a most refreshing and attractive view and is evidencing considerable promise."--Contemporary Psychology "Emergent Forms proposes a new and unique perspective on the intruguing problem of the phylogenetic and ontogenetic origin and development of action systems." --Quarterly Review of Biology "The concept [action systems] is an appealing one and has attracted considerable attention as a descriptive device.. However, Goldfield's book is the first systematic attempt to use it as an analytic and explanatory tool. . . . it is a most refreshing and attractive view and is evidencing considerable promise."--Contemporary Psychology "Emergent Forms proposes a new and unique perspective on the intruguing problem of the phylogenetic and ontogenetic origin and development of action systems." --Quarterly Review of Biology "The concept action systems is an appealing one and has attracted considerable attention as a descriptive device.. However, Goldfield's book is the first systematic attempt to use it as an analytic and explanatory tool. . . . it is a most refreshing and attractive view and is evidencing considerable promise."--Contemporary Psychology "Emergent Forms proposes a new and unique perspective on the intruguing problem of the phylogenetic and ontogenetic origin and development of action systems." --Quarterly Review of Biology

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