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Bruce Clarke - Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays on Second-Order Systems Theory (Science and Cultural Theory) - 9780822346005 - V9780822346005
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Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays on Second-Order Systems Theory (Science and Cultural Theory)

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Description for Emergence and Embodiment: New Essays on Second-Order Systems Theory (Science and Cultural Theory) Paperback. Explores the cultural legacy of cybernetics and neocybernetics that offers new insight on the role of the human in an era of the posthuman. Editor(s): Clarke, Bruce; Hansen, Mark B. N. Series: Science & Cultural Theory. Num Pages: 296 pages, 12 figures. BIC Classification: GPFC; UYQ. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 157 x 232 x 18. Weight in Grams: 440.
Emerging in the 1940s, the first cybernetics-the study of communication and control systems-was mainstreamed under the names artificial intelligence and computer science and taken up by the social sciences, the humanities, and the creative arts. In Emergence and Embodiment, Bruce Clarke and Mark B. N. Hansen focus on cybernetic developments that stem from the second-order turn in the 1970s, when the cyberneticist Heinz von Foerster catalyzed new thinking about the cognitive implications of self-referential systems. The crucial shift he inspired was from first-order cybernetics' attention to homeostasis as a mode of autonomous self-regulation in mechanical and informatic systems, to second-order ... Read more

Product Details

Format
Paperback
Publication date
2009
Publisher
Duke University Press Books
Number of pages
328
Condition
New
Series
Science & Cultural Theory
Number of Pages
296
Place of Publication
North Carolina, United States
ISBN
9780822346005
SKU
V9780822346005
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About Bruce Clarke
Bruce Clarke is Professor of English at Texas Tech University and a past president of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts. His books include Posthuman Metamorphosis: Narrative and Systems and Energy Forms: Allegory and Science in the Era of Classical Thermodynamics. Mark B. N. Hansen is Professor of Literature at Duke University. He is the ... Read more

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Emergence and Embodiment is an outstanding collection of sharp, well-crafted essays by prominent authors in the field of science and literature studies, all of whom have made major contributions to discussions of cybernetics, poststructuralism, and posthumanism. Here they demonstrate the viability of neocybernetics as a resource for resolving the dilemmas of the posthuman raised by newer fields of artificial life, ... Read more

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