The qualitative inspiration for the chemistry implemented by SCL is the model described in Varela et al. (1974). That model, including the provided algorithm, has been reviewed in detail in (McMullin 1997), and will not be presented again here. Instead, I will briefly describe the qualitative chemical reaction scheme, and outline the way SCL implements it. Note that the point of this particular reaction scheme is to model the emergence and stability of autopoietic organisation; the reaction scheme was expressly designed by Varela et al. with the specific idea that it would be the simplest possible scheme that could exhibit such organisation. However, the present report is not concerned with discussing or elaborating the phenomenology actually generated by the SCL model (autopoietic or otherwise)--that is deferred for a subsequent, separate, report.
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