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The Cybernetic Brain: Sketches of Another Future

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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, and their singular work in a dazzling array of fields. Psychiatry, engineering, management, politics, music, architecture, education, tantric yoga, the Beats, and the sixties counterculture all come into play as Pickering follows the history of cybernetics impact on the world, from contemporary robotics and complexity theory to the Chilean economy under Salvador Allende. 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.

About the Author

Andrew Pickering is professor and chair of sociology at the University of Exeter. He is the author of several books, including Constructing Quarks: A Sociological History of Particle Physics and The Mangle of Practice: Time, Agency, and Science, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. The Adaptive Brain

2. Ontological Theater

 

PART 1: PSYCHIATRY TO CYBERNETICS

 

3. 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

 

4. Ross Ashby: Psychiatry, Synthetic Brains, and Cybernetics

THE PATHOLOGICAL BRAIN

ASHBYS HOBBY

THE HOMEOSTAT

THE HOMEOSTAT AS ONTOLOGICAL THEATER

THE SOCIAL BASIS OF ASHBYS 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

 

5. 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

 

PART 2: BEYOND THE BRAIN

6. 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 BEERS 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

 

7. Gordon Pask: From Chemical Computers to Adaptive Archictecture

MUSICOLOUR

THE HISTORY OF MUSICOLOUR

MUSICOLOUR AND ONTOLOGY

ONTOLOGY AND AESTHETICS

THE SOCIAL BASIS OF PASKS 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

 

8: 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

 

Notes

References

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226667904
Author:
Pickering, Andrew
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
History
Subject:
Artificial Intelligence-Robotics
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
60 halftones, 28 line drawings
Pages:
536
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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