Methods and systems for thermodynamic evolution. Adaptive control systems are constructed based on the property of volatile matter to self-organize to maximize the dissipation of energy. The logical state of sensory nodes in a node circuit are set and projected into a network. Then, the system evaluates logical state of processing nodes by summing input currents of processing nodes and project processing node’s state into network. The strength of processing node is increased such that logical state of sensory node matches with logical states of processing node by utilizing plasticity rule. The system is configured to maximize energy dissipation by creating weight structures to stabilize nodes with logical state. The internal positive feedback of node circuit forces competition between nodes such that one node is driven to high logical state and other nodes to low logical state.