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Links to cybernetics-related sites:

The Principia Cybernetica Web

http://pespmc1.vub.ac.be/DEFAULT.html

The Principia Cybernetica Web site includes sections on cybernetics & systems theory and their integration. The site includes lists of basic books and papers on cybernetics and systems science, as well as groups and societies dealing with cybernetics and systems science. Also provided is a hypertext glossary of terms and links to other web pages on related topics.

Pangaro's Definition of Cybernetics

http://www.pangaro.com/published/cyber-macmillan.html

This article gives Paul Pangaro's definition of cybernetics, as well as how it differs from AI (artificial intelligence). Additional articles and presentations about cybernetics are available on the home page of Pangaro Incorporated, www.pangaro.com.

American Society for Cybernetics

   http://www.asc-cybernetics.org/

The Society's home page includes links to their pages on the history of cybernetics, prominent figures in the development of cybernetics, and their newsletter archives.

Stanford Electronic Humanities Review Issue on Constructions of the Mind

   http://www.stanford.edu/group/SHR/4-2/text/toc.html

Volume 4 no. 2 of the Stanford Electronic Humanities Review was devoted to a discussion of Artificial Intelligence and the Humanities. There are several articles of interest here, including pieces by Douglas Hofstadter, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winner Goedel, Escher, Bach, and three articles involving famous cyberneticist Heinz von Foerster, including a discussion of ethics and second-order cybernetics (the application of cybernetic principles to cybernetics itself) and an interview with him.

Cybernetics and Human Knowing

   http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/imp/chk

A journal on second-order cybernetics - the application of cybernetic principles to cybernetics itself - and cyber-semeiotics. Features an index, complete articles from the journal, subscription information, and links to related sites (at this writing, the links page is still incomplete).

Cybernetics Major at UCLA

   http://www.cs.ucla.edu/~cyber/

Contains a brief description of cybernetics and information about majoring in cybernetics at the University of California at Los Angeles.

History of Game Theory

http://www.econ.canterbury.ac.nz/personal_pages/
paul_walker/gt/hist.htm

A history of game theory.

Al Roth's Game Theory and Experimental Economics Page

http://kuznets.fas.harvard.edu/~aroth/alroth.html

    Al Roth is a professor of economics and business at Harvard Business School. His site includes historical and applications information, including about the matching system for kidney donors and patients that he helped design.

Game Theory and Information

    http://econwpa.wustl.edu/months/game

 

Cybernetics-Related Readings

Wiener, Norbert. Cybernetics:  on Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine. MIT Press, 1948. 

Wiener defines the field in this book.

Wiener, Norbert. The Human Use of Human Beings: Cybernetics and Society.  Avon Books, 1967. 

A less technical discussion of cybernetics.

Ashby, W. Ross. An Introduction to Cybernetics.  Chapman and Hall, 1956. 

Ross wrote this as an introduction to Wiener's book.

Ashby, W. Ross Design for a Brain:  The Origin of Adaptive Behavior. Chapman and Hall, second edition, 1960. 

His opening chapters are a good introduction to cybernetics and science

Hofstadter, Douglas R.  Goedel, Escher, Bach:  An Eternal Golden Braid.  Basic Books, 1979. 

A fantastic, Pulitzer Prize-winning, set of stories and essays illuminating questions of information, incompleteness, and other topics.

Lem, Stanislaw.  The Cyberiad:  Fables for the Cybernetic Age. New York:  Seabury Press, 1974. 

Cybernetics-related science fiction stories.

Jackendoff, Ray. Consciousness and the Computational Mind. MIT: 1987

Casati, Roberto and Achille Varzi. Holes and Other Superficialities. MIT: 1994

Barkov, Jerome et. al. The Adapted Mind: Evolutionary Psychology and the Generation of Culture. Oxford: 1992

Theler, Ester. A Dynamic Systems Approach to the Development of Cognition. MIT: 1994

Edelman, Gerald. Neural Darwinism: The Theory of Neuronal Group Selection. Basic Books: 1987

Hudert, Edward. Lessons from an Optical Illusion: On Nature and Nature, Knowledge and Values. Harvard: 1995

 

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