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A process during which the probability of occurrence of some property, event or object increases as a function of the number of such properties, events or objects already present system. Autocatalysis is not to be confused with multiplication through production including self-reproduction in which the growth of a population is an aggregate property (see aggregation) of the productive capability of its individual members. In autocatalysis, properties, events or objects serve as their own catalysts and are "self-breeding" so to speak. E.g., the invention of home air conditioning created the need for air conditioning hence the self-stimulated increase of air conditioners. (krippendorff)
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