Autopoiesis Reading Plan

   Posted by: dhcsoul   in cybernetics

Your first time here? Welcome, I'm glad you've dropped in.... David Soul (aka Bricoleur)

Reading Plan for Further Study by Randall Whitaker…
“I have introduced people to, and tutored them on, autopoietic
theory for a number of years. The following reading plan is a suggested
'menu' based on these experiences. The real difficulty in approaching
Maturana and Varela's theories lies not in their complexity but in
their novelty. Because it takes a while to catch onto and shift into
these thinkers' perspective, the following readings are ordered so as
to provide a 'graduated' progression. The links will take you to the
full bibliographical data in the references.”

I <David Soul>
started this reading from the back end…. I first came across Maturana
& Varela's work through the works of Stafford Beer on Managerial
Cybernetics…. [including: Brian of the Firm (1972), The Heart of Enterprise, Cybernetics and Management (1959) and Decision and Control (1966)] This led me to the preface by Beer for Maturana & Varela (1980)
listed by Whitaker and eventurally backwards to the Tree of Knowledge (listed
by Whitaker as a good place to start… in between I discovered Winograd
& Flores independently…. I would agree with Dr. Whitaker's
advice…. I would have needed much less bactracking and probably got a
sounder introduction if I had the above list before me at the start of
my journey…..I can't vouch for the rest of the list 
as I haven't tracked them down to this point… but given how “on the
mark” his first recommendations are I will be following the thread

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