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Gregory Bateson, Cybernetics, and the Social/behavioral Sciences

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Gregory Bateson's interdisciplinary work in Anthropology, Psychiatry, Evolution, and Epistemology was profoundly influenced by the ideas set forth in systems theory, communication theory, information theory and cybernetics. As is now quite common, Bateson used the single term cybernetics in reference to an aggregate of these ideas that grew together shortly after World War II. For him, cybernetics, or communication theory, or information theory, or systems theory, together constituted a unified… 


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Gregory Bateson and the mathematicians: from interdisciplinary interaction to societal functions.

  • S. Heims
  • Psychology
    Journal of the history of the behavioral sciences
  • 1977
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socia/ Forces, 43, No. 2 (December, 1964) 181-87; Robert Roxnthal, “On the Social Psychology of the Psychological Experiment,” American Scientist, 51 (June, 1963) 268-83; Omar K. hloore and Alan R.

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