• An interview to Heinz von Foerster (U.T.)

    HEINZ VON FOERSTER, was born in Vienna in 1911, graduated in Physics from the Institute Of Technology at the University of Vienna. In 1949 he moved to the United States and joined the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana. During that time he also edited the transcripts of the Cybernetics Conference Program of the J.H.Macy…

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Systemics Voices and paths within complexity

Umberta Telfener, Luca Casadio

Introduction

Ludwig Wittgenstein observed in his Philosophical Investigations (1953, no. 18) that language “can be seen as an ancient city: a maze of little streets and squares, of old and new houses, and of houses with additions from various periods; and this surrounded by a multitude of new boroughs with straight, regular streets and uniform houses.” In our view, this analogy also captures the evolution of the various forms of knowledge (collective, individual, family, cultural, aesthetic, religious, etc.) and scientific knowledge in particular, with its “constructions”, interaction with other styles, and landscape. Read More