The march of self‐reference

  title={The march of self‐reference},
  author={Felix Geyer},
  • F. Geyer
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • Art
  • Kybernetes
Focuses on the issue of increasing environmental and societal complexity, and its effects on the individual, especially visible in the increase of self‐reference (the commonalities between man, animals and machines). Distinguishes three meanings of self‐reference and discusses the interrelationships between self‐reference, alienation, and growing societal complexity: states that, especially in the last few decades of this secular age, there has been increasing incidence of self‐reference. Also… 

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The misrecognition mind-set: a trap in the transformative responsibility of critical weight studies

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The sociocybernetics of observation and reflexivity

  • B. Scott
  • Computer Science
    Current Sociology
  • 2019
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Reflexivity revisited: the sociocybernetics of belief, meaning, truth and power

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Learning, Knowledge and Impact Assessment from the Perspective of Complexity and Chaos

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Social Interaction and the City: The Effect of Space on the Reduction of Entropy

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Modern Forms of Alienation in High‐complexity Environments: A Systems Approach

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Cognition of being in the peak experiences.

  • A. H. Maslow
  • Psychology, Biology
    The Journal of genetic psychology
  • 1959
Cognition of Being in the Peak Experiences is concerned with the experience of being in the peak experiences and the role that language plays in this experience.

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