Self-steering and Cognition in Complex Systems: Toward a New Cybernetics

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Francis Heylighen, Erik Rosseel, Frank Demeyere
CRC Press, 1990 - Computers - 431 pages
In the on-going philosophical debate between cognitivism and (radical) constructivism the pervading notions of self-reference, self- organization, self-steering, autonomy, etc., are at the forefront of discussion. These multidisciplinary papers, from a symposium on [title] held in May 1987, examine these topics in depth and illustrate their applications. Taken as a whole, they provide insight into the emergence of a new cybernetics. Book club price, $34. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

New Cybernetics and the Social Sciences
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CONTENTS
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a panel discussion
33
On the Partiality of SelfReference
47
NonLocality in Complex Systems
65
Autonomy and Cognition as the Maintenance and Processing
89
Sed Quis Custodient Ipsos Custodes?
107
Notes on Self and SelfSteering
113
organizational closure
214
I or We? An empirical investigation of cognitive shifts during
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Some Formal Aspects of Conversation Theory and
240
Actors Actions Acts Issues and Structure
248
Decision Making efficiency and interactivity
270
Design Methods for the Improvement of SelfSteering of Social
282
Systems
296
Cybernetics of Social Systems
311

The Art of SelfSteering
124
Theory of Gestalt and SelfOrganization
142
SensoryMotor Spatial Learning in Connectionist Artificial
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A Conceptual Framework to Design a Generative SelfLearning
183
Interpersonal Interaction
196
Bellum Omnium Contra Omnesa mathematical model
335
Why Autopoiesis? Why Systems?
353
SelfReference in Social Studies of Scienceautopoiesis as
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Index
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