author={Norbert Wiener},
  journal={Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences},
  • N. Wiener
  • Published 1 October 1948
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences

Purposeful Behaviour, Expectations, and the Mirage of Social Justice: The Influence of Cybernetics on the Thought of F.A. Hayek

This paper examines the influence of cybernetics on the development of Friedrich Hayek’s postwar work in theoretical psychology, economics, and social theory.The first part of the paper centres on an

High-Tech Brains: A History of Technology-Based Analogies and Models of Nerve and Brain Function

Some of the early technology-based analogies and models of the brain based on mechanical and electrical technologies are described and a brief argument on the usefulness of analogy and abstraction in brain science is offered.

The Birth of Ontology and the Directed Acyclic Graph

Barry Smith recently discussed the diagraphs of book eight of Jacob Lorhard’s Ogdoas scholastica under the heading “birth of ontology” (Smith, 2022; this issue). Here, I highlight the commonalities

The regulation of the body by smart wearable devices and their social risk progression

The social risks arising from the disclosure of personal privacy and technological risks, the loss of human subjectivity and the degradation of working capacity, the distortion of social life and the difficulties of social interaction, the deepening of the digital divide and the widening gap between the rich and the poor, the formation of a “digital leviathan” and the potential for public safety, etc., should be of sufficient concern to society.

Using Systems and Systems Thinking to Unify Biology Education

As biological science rapidly generates new knowledge and novel approaches to address increasingly complex and integrative questions, biology educators face the challenge of teaching the next

Entropy and Wealth

It is argued that entropy should be used as a mathematical (stochastic) concept as rigorously as possible, free of metaphoric meanings, and a standardized form of entropy can be used to quantify inequality.

Krščanstvo in informacija: doprinos Stephena Hawkinga na področju fizike, filozofske etike in teo- logije

Following the recent death of the famous physicist S. Hawking, the question of his contribution to science has appeared with new urgency. Despite his known handicap, he was immensely active in the

Finding new edges: systems approaches to MTOR signaling

The contribution of systems studies to the discovery of novel edges and modulators in the MTOR network in healthy cells and in disease is discussed.




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  • 1948

Automatic Regulati0n-~4 Discussion of

  • Principles of Seruomechanisni. Dynamics and WIENER, N . 1948. Cyberneties
  • 1946

though it certainly does so, but that it puts communication into a form which is transferable without the physical presence of the ob*jects it concerns. This leads to writing

    Seroomechanism Fuiidamentalu

    • 1945