Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 236. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2019-09-09 14:19:33+00:00 From: Bill Benzon
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.235: cybernetics I'd suggest people take a look at Bernard Dionysius Geoghegan, "From Information Theory to French Theory: Jakobson, Lévi-Strauss, and the Cybernetic Apparatus." Critical Inquiry. Fall 2011. It is excellent and, as the title indicates, makes important connections. > On Sep 9, 2019, at 4:22 AM, Humanist wrote: > > Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 235. > Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London > Hosted by King's Digital Lab > www.dhhumanist.org > Submit to: email@example.com > > > > > Date: 2019-09-09 05:58:35+00:00 > From: Willard McCarty > Subject: cybernetics > > Possibly not many of us are all that familiar with the hugely influential > field of cybernetics. Cybernetics went through two major phases, the first, > as Wikipedia puts it, "a transdisciplinary approach for exploring > regulatory systems â their structures, constraints, and possibilities", > and the second shifting to a focus on relations between cybernetic systems, > including the role of the participant-observer. It was once thought to be an > arena of activity that would gather in all disciplines. To explain its > importance to us now (other than to those who are historians) would simply > take too long even for a message on Humanist :-). Experience tells me that > for interdisciplinary enquiry into some, if not many of the directions in > which digital humanities could most rewardingly go, its history is a most > powerful resource. > > Two books bring it to mind: > > (1) > Jasia Reichardt, ed., Cybernetic Serendipity: The Computer and the > Arts. London: Studio International, 1968; reissued 2018. See the > announcement at: > https://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/cybernetic-serendipity-the- > computer-and-the-arts. > Histories of computing and the arts during this exciting time are > important (see e.g. Brown et al, White Heat Cold Logic), but Reichardtâs > collective documentation of the event brings us wonderfully close to the > primary evidence and points to the literature of the time. The artists > who got involved then were WAY ahead of their time. > > (2) > Philip Mirowski, Machine Dreams: Economics Becomes a Cyborg Science. > Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. There are other ways into > cybernetics and its deep influence on the sciences; Steve Heims' The > Cybernetics Group and Jean-Pierre Dupuy's Aux origines des sciences > cognitives, trans. On the Origins of Cognitive Science, come to mind. > But Mirowski's book is, I think, best for an understanding of the > longer-term future under that continuing influence. > > Read them tonight, as my old friend used to say to me distressingly > regularly. > > Yours, > WM > > > ------ > Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), > Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College > London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews > (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) Bill Benzon firstname.lastname@example.org 917-717-9841 http://new-savanna.blogspot.com/ http://www.facebook.com/bill.benzon http://www.flickr.com/photos/stc4blues/ https://independent.academia.edu/BillBenzon http://www.bergenarches.com _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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