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The cybernetic brain : sketches of another future

Author: Andrew Pickering
Publisher: Chicago ; London : University of Chicago Press, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Cybernetics is often thought of as a grim military or industrial science of control. But as Andrew Pickering reveals in this beguiling book, a much more lively and experimental strain of cybernetics can be traced from the 1940s to the present." "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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew Pickering
ISBN: 9780226667898 0226667898 9780226667904 0226667901
OCLC Number: 401714409
Description: x, 526 pages : illustrations, photographs ; 24 cm
Contents: Psychiatry to cybernetics --
Grey Walter: from electroshock to the psychedelic sixties --
The tortoise and the brain --
Tortoise ontology --
Tortoises as not-brains --
The social basis of cybernetics --
Rodney Brooks and robotics --
Cora and machina docilis --
Cybernetics and madness --
Strange performances --
Flicker --
Flicker and the sixties --
Biofeedback and new music --
Ross Ashby: psychiatry, synthetic brains, and cybernetics --
The pathological brain --
Ashby's hobby --
The homeostat --
The homeostat as ontological theater --
The social basis of Ashby's cybernetics --
Design for a brain --
Dams --
Madness revisited --
Adaptation, war, and society --
Cybernetics as a theory of everything --
Cybernetics and epistemology --
A new kind of science: Alexander, Kauffman, and Wolfram --
Gregory Bateson and R.D. Laing: symmetry, psychiatry, and the sixties --
Gregory Bateson --
Schizophrenia and enlightenment --
Therapy --
As nomad --
R.D. Laing --
On therapy --
Kingsley Hall --
Archway --
Coupled becomings, inner voyages, aftermath --
Psychiatry and the sixties --
Ontology, power, and revealing --
Beyond the brain --
Stafford Beer: from the cybernetic factory to tantric yoga --
From operations research to cybernetics --
Toward the cybernetic factory --
Biological computing --
Ontology and design --
The social basis of Beer's cybernetics --
The afterlife of biological computing --
The viable system model --
The VSM as ontology and epistemology --
The VSM in practice --
Chile: project cybersyn --
The politics of the VSM --
The political critique of cybernetics --
On goals --
The politics of interacting systems --
Team syntegrity --
Cybernetics and spirituality --
Hylozoism --
Tantrism --
Brian Eno and new music --
Gordon Pask: from chemical computers to adaptive archictecture --
Musicolour --
The history of musicolour --
Musicolour and ontology --
Ontology and aesthetics --
The social basis of Pask's cybernetics --
Training machines --
Teaching machines --
Chemical computers --
Threads --
New senses --
The epistemology of cybernetic research --
Cas, social science, and F-22s --
The arts and the sixties --
Cybernetic theater --
Cybernetic serendipity --
The social basis again --
The fun palace --
After the sixties: adaptive architecture --
Sketches of another future --
Themes from the history of cybernetics --
Ontology --
Design --
Power --
The arts --
Selves --
Spirituality --
The sixties --
Altered states --
The social basis --
Sketches of another future.
Responsibility: Andrew Pickering.
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