Second Order Cybernetics

  title={Second Order Cybernetics},
  author={Ranulph Glanville},
Second order Cybernetics (also known as the Cybernetics of Cybernetics , and the New Cybernetics ) was developed between 1968 and 1975 in recognition of the power and consequences of cybernetic examinations of circularity. It is Cybernetics , when Cybernetics is subjected to the critique and the understandings of Cybernetics . It is the Cybernetics in which the role of the observer is appreciated and acknowledged rather than disguised, as had become traditional in western science: and is thus… 

The purpose of second‐order cybernetics

It is shown that (and in consequence how) the notion of goal and purpose must be radically reconsidered in second‐order Cybernetic systems.

Cybernetics as a conversation with the Cosmos.

  • J. Torday
  • Computer Science
    Progress in biophysics and molecular biology
  • 2022

Wiener?s Prefiguring of a Cybernetic Design Theory

  • T. Fischer
  • Art
    IEEE Technology and Society Magazine
  • 2015
Norbert Wiener was not only one of the inventors of cybernetics, but also an early cybernetician of invention (i.e., design) and reflected theoretically on himself doing so, thereby enacting several concepts of today?s cybernetic design theory far ahead of his time.

Avec un "s": histories of cybernetics and the ASC

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A Second Order Cybernetic Model for Governance of Cyber Security in Enterprises

  • T. Vinnakota
  • Computer Science
    2016 IEEE 6th International Conference on Advanced Computing (IACC)
  • 2016
This paper proposes a cybernetic model for continuous and good governance of cybersecurity leveraging the multidisciplinary collaboration, conversational, goal directedness and dynamic feedback control aspects of cybernetics.

Cybernetics and Design: Conversations for Action

The authors see cybernetics as a way of framing both the process of designing and the things being designed – both means and ends – not only design-as-con conversation but also design-for-conversation.

Wiener's refiguring of a cybernetic design theor

  • T. Fischer
  • Art
    2014 IEEE Conference on Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century (21CW)
  • 2014
An increasing number of practitioners, researchers and educators in the design field find value in describing design processes in cybernetic terms, while cyberneticians have come to recognize design

Autonomous Houses and Architecture of Cybernetics in the 1970s: Towards Limits and Undeveloped Potentials of the Sustainable

In 1969, English researcher Gordon Pask published an article named “The Architectural Relevance of Cybernetics”, defining a theoretical framework concerning a cybernetic theory of architecture.

Pushing cybernetics from government to anarchy

The hypothesis that cyberarchitecture can benefit from taking the virtual into account in the design process, so that the architect is no longer the author of a finished architectural product, but of a set of instruments with which users can design, build and use their own environments simultaneously.

On the history of Ludwig von Bertalanffy’s “General Systemology”, and on its relationship to cybernetics – part III: convergences and divergences

Bertalanffy’s conceptions and ideas are compared with those developed in cybernetics in order to investigate the differences and convergences and underline the complementarity of cybernetic and "organismic” trends in systems research within the unitary hermeneutical framework of “general systemology”.



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In this sequel to his double biography of John von Neumann and Norbert Wiener, Steve Heims recounts another story in 20th-century intellectual history - a series of encounters that captured a moment

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Microman: Computers and the Evolution of Consciousness

  • New York: Macmillan
  • 1982