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Cybernetics : The Macy Conferences 1946-1953 : the complete transactions

Author: Claus Pias; Heinz Von Foerster
Publisher: Zurich ; Berlin : Diaphanes, [2016] ©2016
Series: Qu (Zurich, Switzerland)
Edition/Format:   Print book : Conference publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Between 1946 and 1953, the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation sponsored a series of conferences aiming to bring together a diverse, interdisciplinary community of scholars and researchers who would join forces to lay the groundwork for thenew science of cybernetics. These conferences, known as the Macy Conferences, constituted a landmark for the field. They were the first to grapple with new terms such as information and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Conference papers and proceedings
Congresses
Material Type: Conference publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Claus Pias; Heinz Von Foerster
ISBN: 9783037345986 3037345985
OCLC Number: 919483043
Notes: Contains reproductions of the transcripts of the 6th through 10th conferences, held 1949-1953 and originally published 1950-1955.
The original publications were edited by Heinz von Foerster.
Description: 734 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The age of cybernetics / Claus Pia --
1949 --
The psychological moment in perception / John Stroud --
The neurotic potential and human adaptation / Lawrence S. Kubie --
Quantum mechanical theory of memory / Heinz von Foerster --
Possible mechanisms of recall and recognition --
Sensory prosthesises / Norbert Wiener --
1950 --
Some of the problems concerning digital notions in the central nervous system / Ralph W. Gerard --
The manner in which and extent to which speech can be distorted and remain intelligible / J. C. R. Licklider --
The redundancy of English / Claude E. Shannon --
Experience in learning primitive languages through the use of learning high level linguistic abstractions / Margaret Mead --
On the development of word meanings / Heinz Werner --
The development of language in early childhood / John Stroud --
The relationship of symbolic function in language formation and in neurosis / Lawrence S. Kubie --
Appendix I. Body symbolization and development of language / Lawrence S. Kubie --
1951 --
Communication patterns in problem-solving groups / Alex Bavelas --
Communication between men : the meaning of language / Ivor A. Richards --
Communication between sane and insane : hypnosis / Lawrence S. Kubie --
Communication between animals / Herbert G. Birch --
Presentation of a maze-solving machine / Claude Shannon --
In search of basic symbols / Donald M. Mac Kay --
Appendix I. The nomenclature of information theory / Donald M. Mac Kay --
1952 --
The position of humor in human communication / Gregory Bateson --
The place of emotions in the feedback concept / Lawrence S. Kubie --
Homeostasis / W. Ross Ashby --
Discrimination and learning in octopus / J. Z. Young --
Reduction of the number of possible boolean functions / John R. Bowman --
Central excitation and inhibition / Ralph W. Gerard --
Mechanical chess player / W. Ross Ashby --
Turbulence as random stimulation of sense organs / G. Evelyn Hutchinson --
investigations on synaptic transmission / Walter Pitts --
Feedback mechanism in cellular biology / Henry Quastler --
1953 --
Studies on activities of the brain / W. Grey-Walter --
Semantic information and its measures / Yehoshua Bar-Hillel --
Meaning in language and how it is acquired / Yeun Ren Chao.
Series Title: Qu (Zurich, Switzerland)
Other Titles: Macy Conferences 1949-1953 : the complete transactions
Responsibility: edited by Claus Pias.

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"Between 1946 and 1953, the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation sponsored a series of conferences aiming to bring together a diverse, interdisciplinary community of scholars and researchers who would join forces to lay the groundwork for thenew science of cybernetics. These conferences, known as the Macy Conferences, constituted a landmark for the field. They were the first to grapple with new terms such as information and feedback and to develop a cohesive and broadly applicable theory of systems that would become equally applicable to living beings and machines, economic and cognitive processes, and many scholarly disciplines. The concepts that emerged from the conferences come to permeate thinking in many fields including biology, neurology, sociology, ecology, economics, politics, psychoanalysis, linguistics, and computer science. This book contains the complete transcripts of all ten Macy Conferences and the guidelines for the conference proceedings. These transcripts are supplemented with an introduction by Claus Pias that charts the significance of the Macy conferences to the history of science"--Back cover.

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