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Living in Cybernetics: Papers from the 50th Anniversary Conference of the American Society for Cybernetics

Living in Cybernetics: Papers from the 50th Anniversary Conference of the American Society for Cybernetics

On the 3rd of August 2014 the American Society for Cybernetics (ASC) celebrated their 50th anniversary at their annual conference, which that year was held in Washington DC, hosted by George Washington University. The choice of venue reflected the fact that the first conference of the ASC was held in the same city in 1964. The proceedings from this celebratory conference are presented in this e-book. The last three conference proceedings have been published showing the commitment from both sides to advance the field through the dissemination of cybernetics research. The conference took place from the 3rd to the 9th of August 2014, with the theme of Living in Cybernetics.

The conference was composed of three parts. Following an introductory workshop on the first day, two days of parallel paper sessions featured submissions covering the wide variety of Cybernetics in the Present. Articles developed from these papers are collected here. The conference concluded with a two day workshop on Cybernetics in the Future, facilitated by David Griffiths and Robert Martin, which developed material with a view to the future development of the subject and its ideas, especially amongst younger generations. Sandwiched between these two sections, and one of the highlights of the conference, was a day entitled Cybernetics in the Past, bringing together the still living former presidents of the ASC, who each addressed the conference, and participated in a panel responding to questions from the audience. The ASC president at the time, Ranulph Glanville, was unable to be present in person and attended the conference via Skype. Mary Catherine Bateson gave the conference dinner speech , in which she asked if cybernetics should be 'a fancy, post-graduate activity', or if we should rather treat it as an invitation to revise our ideas of common sense. Throughout these various activities, the conference reflected on past and present in order to move forward with new actions.


A challenge to objective perception in hearing and seeing in counselling psychology.,A quantitative examination of two different teaching paradigms in a Germiston based pre-school: a pilot study,Abstract,An explanatory framework for understanding teachers resistance to adopting educational technology,Avec un „s“: histories of cybernetics and the ASC,Blind spots obscuring circular causality in design and elsewhere,Change in consciousness as an ecological strategy,Cybernetic narrative: modes of circularity, feedback and perception in new media artworks,Cybernetics of practice,Homunculus strides again: why “information transmitted” in neuroscience tells us nothing,Information-energy metasystem model,Living in cybernetics,Living in Cybernetics. Papers from the 50th Anniversary Conference of the American Society for Cybernetics,Living in cybernetics: Polynesian voyaging and ecological literacy as models for design education,Non-trivial philosophy: cybernetics, data analytics, and the biophysics of information theory,Outline of a cybernetic theory of brain function based on neural timing nets,Proto-cybernetics in the Stanislavski system of acting: past foundations, present analyses and future prospects,Second-order cellular automata to support designing,The Christchurch earthquakes’ impact on the Convergence gathering,The cybernetics of humour: introducing signature analysis to humour research,The machine for living in the conversational age,The relevance of cybernetics for a positive psychology approach to dyslexia,The role of experience in the ASC's commitment to engage those outside the cybernetics community in learning cybernetics,When Newton meets Heinz Von Foerster, complexity vanishes and simplicity reveals

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