19
Apr

Decision and Control

   Posted by: Bricoleur   in Books, Books (Cybernetics)

This entry is part 3 of 2 in the series TOE of Organization
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Decision and Control: The Meaning of Operational Research and Management Cybernetics (Classic Beer Series) Decision and Control: The Meaning of Operational Research and Management Cybernetics by Stafford Beer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Virtually every major “discovery” trotted out by business authors in the 70s, 80s, 90s, and ’00s that I’ve had the pleasure of reading, upon reflection and returning to this one source, appear to have by “pre-discovered” and their history and importance touched upon at least in passing in this remarkable management classic.

Tags: Books, control, cybernetics, Stafford Beer

17
Apr

Thinking in Systems: A Primer

   Posted by: Bricoleur   in Books, Books (Cybernetics)

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series TOE of Organization

Thinking in Systems: A Primer Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
the subtitle says it all; this is an excellent introduction to the field of systems thinking.

Meadows clearly introduces all of the concepts critical to the foundation of learning in this area including: systems concepts of stocks, flows, feedback, time delays, resilience, bounded rationality, and system boundaries. More importantly she includes countless real world examples, ranging from the level of the personal to the level of global social institutions, that bring the richness of the field and applications of systems thinking to life.

Tags: Books, CEP, systems thinking

13
Apr

The iPhone as reader … a first flirtation

   Posted by: Bricoleur   in Books

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R.U.R.: Rossum's Universal Robots (Thrift Editions) R.U.R.: Rossum’s Universal Robots by Karel Čapek

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
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Tags: Books, Robot, Robotics

11
Mar

A combination that works

   Posted by: dhcsoul   in Odds & Sods

bleu cheese, hamburger, and a pale ale …. a combination that just “works”

Tags: Food

13
Apr

An Imperceptible Step

   Posted by: dhcsoul   in Privacy

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Seeing Red
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“The privacy and dignity of our citizens [are] being whittled away by sometimes imperceptible steps. Taken individually, each step may be of little consequence. But when viewed as a whole, there begins to emerge a society quite unlike any we have seen — a society in which government may intrude into the secret regions of a [person’s] life.” – Justice William O. Douglas

Tags: CEP, Privacy

6
Feb

System-Theoretic Reflections

   Posted by: dhcsoul   in Books (Cybernetics), cybernetics

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series A Learning Machine
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“IF YOU WANT TO CREATE A CHANGE, you must challenge not only the models of Unreality, but the paradigms that underwrite them.”  — Stafford Beer

“General system theory, therefore, is a general science of wholeness” — Ludwig von Bertalannfy

Level II

Beer, Stafford, Brain of the Firm, Allen Lane, 1972

Level III

Klir, George J., An Approach to General Systems Theory, Van Nostrand, 1969

Level V

Bertalannfy, Ludwig von, General Systems Theory, George Braziller, N.Y., 1968

Tags: change, complexity, cybernetics, model, models, science, Stafford Beer, Systems, Systems theory

6
Feb

Mathematical Reflections

   Posted by: dhcsoul   in Books (Cybernetics), cybernetics

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series A Learning Machine

I have not read any of Stafford Beer’s entries in the Select Bibliography included in The Heart of Enterprise, so cannot make any recommendations on the entries included here at the time this item is added to the series… it will be updated as I move forward with construction of my own “learning machine”

Level II
Varela, Francise J., A Calculus for Self-Reference, Int. J. General Systems 1975, Vol 2. pp5-24, Gordon and Breach

Level III
Spencer-Brown, G., Laws of Form, Allen & Unwin, 1969

Tags: cybernetics, Stafford Beer

6
Feb

Socio-Economic Reflections

   Posted by: dhcsoul   in Books (Cybernetics), cybernetics

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series A Learning Machine
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The Prince — Machiavelli

The main foundations of every state, new states as well as ancient or composite ones, are good laws and good arms you cannot have good laws without good arms, and where there are good arms, good laws inevitably follow.” — Niccolo Machiavelli

Level IV

Vickers, Geoffrey, Freedom in a Rocking Boat, Allen Lane, The Penguin Press, 1970

Schon, Donald A., Beyond the Stable State, Random House, N.Y., 1971

Level V

Tags: civilization, commerce, culture, cybernetics, ethics, governance, government, jane jacobs, morals, philosophy, politics, reflections, The Prince

6
Feb

Psychological Reflections

   Posted by: dhcsoul   in Books (Cybernetics), cybernetics

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series A Learning Machine

I have not read any of Stafford Beer’s entries in the Select Bibliography included in The Heart of Enterprise, so cannot make any recommendations on the entries included here at the time this item is added to the series… it will be updated as I move forward with construction of my own “learning machine”

Level III

Ackoff, R.L. and Emery, F.E., On Purposeful Systems, Aldin-Atherton, NY, 1966

Miller, J.G. Living Systems, McGraw-Hill, 1978

Level IV

Whyte, Lancelot Law, Internal Factors in Evolution, Tavistock Publications, 1965

Tags: cybernetics, Stafford Beer

6
Feb

Biological Reflections

   Posted by: dhcsoul   in Books (Cybernetics), cybernetics

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series A Learning Machine
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Level II

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

Maturana, Humberto, and Varela, Francisco, Autopoeitic Systems

Powers, William T., Behaviour: The Control of Perception, Aldine, Chicago, 1973

Level III

Sommerhoff, G., Analystical Biology, OUP, 1950

Level IV

Rashevsky, Nicholas, Mathematical Principles in Biology, Charles C Thomas, Illinois, 1961

Waddington, C.H., The Strategy of the Genes, Allen & Unwin,  1957

Level V

Margalef, Ramon, Perspectives in Ecological Theory, University of Chicago, 1968

Tags: autopoiesis, cybernetics, humberto maturana, science, Stafford Beer, Systems theory, w.ross ashby