Author's response: Beyond application


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Sweeting, Ben (2017) Author's response: Beyond application In: Riegler, A., Müller, K.H. and Umpleby, S.A., eds. New horizons for second-order cybernetics. Series on knots and everything . World scientific, Singapore, pp. 258-269. ISBN 9789813226258

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I wish to thank all commentators for their stimulating contributions. The first thing to note in response to these seven commentaries is the range of ground they cover, indicating the wide potential of the relation between cybernetics and design research to inform both fields. It is significant that many of the aspects raised by commenters are focused on core topics of cybernetic research: computing technology (Mateus van Stralen; Christiane Herr); cognition (Andrea Jelić); and, broadly, the relationship between research/theory and action/practice, which is a focus of Herr and Michael Hohl, and underlies the concerns of Jose Cabral, Dai Griffiths and Tom Scholte. As Karl Müller (2010) has noted, there is a need to focus on core topics in order to reinforce the coherence of radical constructivism (RC) and second-order cybernetics (SOC) as a research field. Müller’s remarks could be taken as a call for a turn away from topics such as design that have been prominent in recent cybernetics. These commentaries, and the research to which they point, suggest that design may instead offer a focus in which a number of such core issues can be explored.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Uncontrolled Keywords: Design research; Cybernetics; Second-order cybernetics; Second-order science;
Subjects: H000 Engineering > H600 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > H672 Cybernetics
W000 Creative Arts and Design > W200 Design
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1142/9789813226265_0043
Depositing User: Converis
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2018 13:14
Last Modified: 06 Apr 2018 13:37

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