The cybernetics of systems of belief

  title={The cybernetics of systems of belief},
  author={B. C. E. Scott},
  • B. Scott
  • Published 1 October 2000
  • Computer Science
  • Kybernetes
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  • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
  • 2000
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  • Kybernetes, Vol
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