Sociocybernetics: a perspective for living in complexity
"...a very fine volume & a welcome contribution to the burgeoning literature on sociocybernetics."--Prof. Kenneth D. Bailey, University of California, Los Angeles. "...an excellent introduction to the kind of thinking that students need to master in order to grasp the complexity of our global society."--Prof. Michael Schwalbe, North Carolina State University. What leads so many of us to try & use magic bullets to solve our social & personal problems? How do we know that our way of thinking is correct? The sociocybernetic perspective provides a view of the world that can help us understand this increasing complexity & manage it in our personal & group life. SOCIOCYBERNETICS compares scientific approaches & other ways of understanding the material world noting the weaknesses in each. Sociocybernetics is the humanistic application of the principles of cybernetics to understanding people & human societies. It is the task of SOCIOCYBERNETICS to show the awesome power of perspective, introduce new ideas concerning the scientific understanding of the human condition & to make this introduction accessible to the average person. Anyone interested in the foundations of any of the social sciences or in a perspective permitting interdisciplinary general education will find this perspective invaluable.
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Beyond the Fundamentals
Toward Sociocybernetics Level III
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