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The Cybernetic Brain

The Cybernetic Brain

The Cybernetic Brain
by Andrew Pickering

A two-part discussion of the book by General Intellect Unit.

The Cybernetic Brain, Part 1: Ontological Theatre
The Cybernetic Brain, Part 2: Stafford Beer

They also have an interview with the author.

The Cybernetic Brain explores a largely forgotten group of British thinkers, including Grey Walter, Ross Ashby, Gregory Bateson, R. D. Laing, Stafford Beer, and Gordon Pask, and their singular work in a dazzling array of fields.

What underpins this fascinating history, Pickering contends, is a shared but unconventional vision of the world as ultimately unknowable, a place where genuine novelty is always emerging. And thus, Pickering avers, the history of cybernetics provides us with an imaginative model of open-ended experimentation in stark opposition to the modern urge to achieve domination over nature and each other.

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