Category Archives: Cybernetics

The Past, Present and Future of Cybernetics and Systems Research

Cybernetics and Systems Research (CSR) were developed in the mid-twentieth century, offering the possibility of describing and comparing different phenomena using the same language. The concepts, which originated in CSR have spread to practically all disciplines, many now used within … Continue reading

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Cognitive Systems – A Cybernetic Perspective on the new Science of the Mind

Cognitive Science is the modern science of the mind.  Cognition derives from the Latin verb cognoscere, which means “get to know”. This means that cognition focuses on knowledge, albeit not as a static substance or “thing”, but as a  process. … Continue reading

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The Autopoietic State: Communication and Democratic Potential in the Net

The relationship between the practice of democracy and the use of new information technologies is dependent upon the technologies of communication and information, rules regarding the use of those technologies, and the nature of the entity making rules regarding those … Continue reading

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The Global Superorganism – an evolutionary-cybernetic model of the emerging Network Society

The organismic view of society is updated by incorporating concepts from cybernetics, evolutionary  theory, and complex adaptive systems. Global society can be seen as an autopoietic network of self-producing components, and therefore  as a living system or “superorganism”. Miller’s living … Continue reading

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Sociocybernetics: complexity, autopoiesis, and observation of social systems

In an effort to shed light on recent developments in sociocybernetic research, this volume represents recent and advanced thinking in this rapidly developing field. The authors address the core problems in social science caused by increasing societal complexity and analyze … Continue reading

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Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays on Second-Order Systems Theory

Emerging in the 1940s, the first cybernetics—the study of communication and control systems—was mainstreamed under the names artificial intelligence and computer science and taken up by the social sciences, the humanities, and the creative arts. In Emergence and Embodiment, Bruce … Continue reading

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Internet: Towards a Holistic Ontology – Rhizomes and Cybernetics

This thesis attempts an outline of an ontology for the Internet based on relational holism. While it does not aim to arrive at any final or conclusive version of this ontology, it does offer some possible models or analogies towards … Continue reading

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